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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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Mercy

Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."

80% funded

80%funded
$817raised
$198to go

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