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Grace from Tanzania raised $1,015 to fund spina bifida treatment.

Grace
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  • $1,015 raised, $0 to go
$1,015
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Grace's treatment was fully funded on June 24, 2021.
July 13, 2021

Grace underwent spina bifida treatment and was able to have other financial support.

We’ve just heard an update from our Medical Partner that Grace was rushed to the hospital and admitted as an emergency case. Her spine defect was successfully corrected and she is now doing well 💙 Given her urgent need, the hospital was able to identify support through other funding and asked that Watsi support another patient who is waiting for treatment. Thank you for being there to help Grace and we hope you can now support another patient in need.

We've just heard an update from our Medical Partner that Grace was rushed to the hospital and admitted as an emergency case. Her spine defec...

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June 3, 2021

Grace is a one-month-old baby girl and the youngest in a family of three children. Both of her parents are small scale farmers, mainly producing maize and vegetables for their food. Her father also seeks other work as a casual laborer, like working on other farms or fetching water to sell to other villages, to supplement the family’s income.

Grace was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Grace is at risk of lower limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nerve tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Grace’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 4th, and will hopefully help prevent some of the risks associated with her condition, allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Grace’s mother shared, “the cost of surgery is too high for us to afford, please help us.”

Grace is a one-month-old baby girl and the youngest in a family of three children. Both of her parents are small scale farmers, mainly produ...

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Grace's Timeline

  • June 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Grace was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 4, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Grace was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • June 8, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Grace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 13, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Grace is no longer raising funds.

  • July 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Grace's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Repair (Alone)
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,015 for Grace's treatment
Hospital Fees
$804
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$51
Labs
$60
Other
$49

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Komugisha

Komugisha is a small business woman from Uganda. She is a 41-year-old mother of three children, and she lives with them in a single-room rental house. After separation from her husband, Komugisha assumed the role as the sole breadwinner of her family. To earn a living, she trades in dry cereals to pay for the fees and expenses for her children, but faces difficulty when farming harvests are not productive. Six years ago, Komugisha began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling, difficulty breathing, and persistent pain. She was diagnosed with nodular goitre, or an enlarged thyroid gland. Initially, she had visited a different facility which gave her an oral medication, but her condition did not improve. Komugisha was also advised to undergo surgery, but she opted to use local herbs as medicine due to the costs. In the end, Komugisha was referred by a friend to our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital, where she had a scan diagnosing the goitre, and doctors suggest surgery to prevent worsening symptoms. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Komugisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 22nd at our medical partner's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252. Komugisha shared, “I can no longer walk for longer distances yet my job requires much walking to look for the cereals. My children are still in need of daily upkeep. Please help me."

16% funded

16%funded
$41raised
$211to go

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