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Dorcas from Tanzania raised $800 to avoid infection and allow her to walk.

Dorcas
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  • $800 raised, $0 to go
$800
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Dorcas's treatment was fully funded on September 8, 2014.

Photo of Dorcas post-operation

February 12, 2015

Dorcas received leg surgery and a new prosthetic lower leg to allow her to walk again.

The surgery was a success!

“I am so happy seeing my daughter walking with support. I cannot express my gratitude for the great support that my daughter has received,” said Dorcas’ mother.

The surgery was a success! “I am so happy seeing my daughter walking with support. I cannot express my gratitude for the great support th...

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July 4, 2014

Seven-year-old Dorcas is from Tanzania. She is the fifth born out of five children. Our medical partner tells us that she is shy with grown-ups but chatty with other kids, and that she likes to draw and color pictures. Dorcas’ parents are small scale farmers who also have two milking cows. Their milk is for home use and the farm produce gets split into two, with half for home use and half for selling.

Six months ago, Dorcas developed a pimple on her foot. When she scratched it, it bled a bit and turned into a small wound which her mother thought would heal quickly. Instead, the wound continued to grow and is now gangrenous. Dorcas cannot walk at all.

Our partners at the African Mission Healthcare Foundation have established that Dorcas’ leg must be amputated below the knee to save the rest of it and prevent the infection from spreading. “My daughter has not been able to walk for a long time now. I just hope that she will be able to walk, even by using crutches,” says Dorcas’ mother.

With three children going to school, Dorcas’ parents cannot afford to pay for the surgery their daughter needs. $800 will cover the full cost of surgery, medication, hospitalization, and a new prosthetic lower leg so Dorcas can walk again.

Seven-year-old Dorcas is from Tanzania. She is the fifth born out of five children. Our medical partner tells us that she is shy with grown-...

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Dorcas's Timeline

  • July 4, 2014
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dorcas was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 8, 2014
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dorcas received treatment. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • September 7, 2014
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dorcas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 8, 2014
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dorcas's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Dorcas. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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Gay

Gay is a one-year-old boy living with his family in a refugee camp. His family is originally from Burma, but they left for Thailand due to conflict in the area. Gay lives with his parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, and brother. Gay and his brother are too young to go to school, so they stay home with their mother. Gay's aunt and uncle are in school, while his father and grandfather work on a farm near the refugee camp. Gay was born with an inguinal hernia. The condition causes him severe pain, and he often cries, so his mother sits quietly with him to help reduce the pain he is experiencing. Gay needs to undergo surgery to finally heal. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help Gay receive treatment. On May 27th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery to help him live more comfortably in the future. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund his procedure and care. Gay's mother shared, “I have to be with him constantly. He cries and does not let anyone else hold him except me. I also have to look after my mother and sister, and sometimes we do not have time to cook. I cannot take care of everyone. I felt so happy when I heard that an organization will pay for my son's surgery. I would like to say thank you to all the donors who will help my son. I believe my son will get better soon and that he will grow up without feeling ashamed of himself due to his condition. I want him to become an educated person in the future.”

65% funded

65%funded
$980raised
$520to go

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