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Success! Damaris from Kenya raised $220 to fund cataract surgery.

Damaris
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  • $220 raised, $0 to go
$220
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Damaris's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2020.

Photo of Damaris post-operation

February 2, 2020

Damaris underwent cataract surgery.

Damaris had successful surgery to remove the cataract in her eye. Her vision was really improved and she was very happy as she could clearly see unlike before.

“I am very happy that my vision has been restored,” says Damaris.

Damaris had successful surgery to remove the cataract in her eye. Her vision was really improved and she was very happy as she could clearly...

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October 27, 2019

Damaris is an elderly woman from Kenya. The map of wrinkles on her face told of the most incredible journey. Her eye lines told of laughter, warm smiles and affection. Her forehead told of worries past and worries present. But mostly they were so deeply engrained they told of a woman who had travelled through eight decades to that moment. From the inky folds of her heavy cardigan extends a withered dark brown hand, clasping a bamboo cane that clacks onto the floor to help her walk. Damaris struggles to find a chair right in front of her before her son quickly directs her to it. She has been diagnosed with a left eye cataract.

This began in 2016 when Damaris’s sight dwindled over time. Upon review, the doctor revealed that she had an immature cataract and would need time before she could undergo surgery. The doctor has now confirmed that surgery is needed. She has unable to afford the cost of surgery as she depends on her six children for her living expenses. Damaris’ husband passed on back in 2000 and she is a grandmother to more than 20 grandchildren.

Fortunately, Damaris is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove and replace the blurred lens. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $220 procedure.

“Please help me get treated,” says Damaris.

Damaris is an elderly woman from Kenya. The map of wrinkles on her face told of the most incredible journey. Her eye lines told of laughter,...

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Damaris's Timeline

  • October 27, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Damaris was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 10, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Damaris's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 12, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Damaris received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • February 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Damaris's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Damaris's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Cataract Removal (Single Eye)
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $220 for Damaris's treatment
Hospital Fees
$172
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$37

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D

D is a 38-year-old man who lives by himself and used to wash cars in a mechanic's shop until his accident. Unfortunately, he had to quit his job because of his condition and he has had no income since. On April 2nd, his friends asked him to pick mangos. After climbing up the tree, the branch he was holding onto suddenly broke and he fell onto a rock. He broke his right lower leg in the fall. Unable to stand up by himself, his two friends supported him and arranged for his transportation to a local hospital. At the hospital, he received an x-ray and the doctor wrapped his lower leg in a bandage. He scheduled a follow-up appointment for the following week and went home. However, D did not go back to the hospital because he had no money. Two weeks later, he visited a local clinic because he was still in pain. He was referred to our medical partner's care center where an x-ray showed that he had broken both of the bones in his right lower leg and he was told that he would need surgery. Currently, he cannot walk and experiences pain in his lower right leg when he moves. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, D will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 23rd and will cost $1,500. This surgery will help D walk again and he will be able to find work after he has made a full recovery. D shared, "I lost my job after my leg was injured. I no longer have an income or a place to live. I do not have anyone I can depend on and I feel like I have no more hope living with this condition."

86% funded

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$1,302raised
$198to go

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