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Success! Dibora from Ethiopia raised $1,500 to fund corrective surgery.

Dibora
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Dibora's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Dibora post-operation

October 4, 2017

Dibora underwent corrective surgery.

She underwent two successful surgeries. Now, she will no longer experience bowel dysfunction. Dibora is very well now.

Her father says, “I was frustrated and hurt because of my daughter’s suffering. And my family and my kids suffered with her. And now this is over. I am very happy and relieved. I am so thankful for my sponsor Watsi and for all the body who worked to help my child.”

She underwent two successful surgeries. Now, she will no longer experience bowel dysfunction. Dibora is very well now. Her father says, “...

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July 9, 2017

Dibora is a 14-year-old girl from Ethiopa. She is one of 10 children, and her parents work as farmers to support their large family.

Dibora was born with anorectal malformation, a birth defect in which the anus and the rectum do not develop properly. As a result, Dibora cannot make stool and urine in a normal way. Furthermore, Dibora has had to drop out of school several times and is now many grade levels behind her peers. She has faced discrimination from other students and community members because of her medical condition, which has been very psychologically taxing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund corrective surgery for Dibora. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Dibora to live more comfortably and confidently.

Dibora’s father says “I lost all hope and the money I had after we returned home for the third time without a treatment. All these years, Dibora has been without treatment, facing so many social and psychological problems. I couldn’t bear to see her situation and I tried to find someone who can help us in my hometown and in other towns. I found this organization who told me about the service you are providing and they brought me here.”

Dibora is a 14-year-old girl from Ethiopa. She is one of 10 children, and her parents work as farmers to support their large family. Dibo...

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Dibora's Timeline

  • July 9, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dibora's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 21, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dibora received treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM) in Ethiopia. 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.

  • October 4, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dibora's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dibora's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 34 donors

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,563 for Dibora's treatment
Subsidies fund $63 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,427
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$42
Supplies
$0
Labs
$94

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Gebreegziabher

Gebreegziabher is a brave, young, and fun boy who loves to hangout with his friends. He loves to play chase and other games with his friends and brothers. He has five siblings and shared with us that he loves goats! Gebreegziabher never went to school because of his condition. He is a shepherd and helps to keep the sheep and goats of his parents. Because of his condition, he has endured bullying, but he continues to be brave and his dad shared: “He is so strong despite his sickness. When others pick on him and speak bad things about him and things related to his disease he even gets in to fights.” Gebreegziabher's mom and dad counsel him and comfort him and help him to bring out self-confidence and strength. His dad and his mom are farmers and his mom takes care of all the household chores. Dad said: “Our area is dry. We work hard and farm but the harvest is poor with lack of rain. We purchase food because our harvest is not enough to support the family.” They also raise animals to support themselves. The community survives with the dry land and the scarcity of food by donations from the government and NGOs. But the past two years they couldn’t get the donation since they are in the war zone. For these reasons they can’t afford the medical bill for their son. Gebreegziabher was born with congenital anomaly called bladder extrophy. That is an abnormally where the bladder is open to air. Given the pain and risk of infection, he just ties clothes around the wound. His mom is very much worried and concerned because of his condition. She shared that she has excluded herself from the community for years in taking care of him and raises him and recalls that when growing up, he would sit faraway from others and boys in his age. They keep up hope for better days ahead and are a loving family who support each other the best they can. His Dad said: “He learned to exclude himself from others growing up. We are sad as a family because of his condition. The neighbor insults us, discriminate us and we feel so sad about this. We couldn’t tell what will happen to him. And we bring him to God always.”

63% funded

63%funded
$954raised
$546to go

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