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Success! Clementina from Tanzania raised $1,015 to treat her spina bifida.

Clementina
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  • $1,015 raised, $0 to go
$1,015
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Clementina's treatment was fully funded on September 2, 2021.

Photo of Clementina post-operation

December 7, 2021

Clementina underwent treatment for spina bifida.

Clementina has had a successful surgery that has helped correct her Spina Bifida condition which was putting her in danger of losing lower limb power. Through this surgery, Clementina will have more control of her bodily functions compared to before the surgery and be able to join school and study like other children.

Clementina told us, “Thank you very much for treating me.”

Clementina has had a successful surgery that has helped correct her Spina Bifida condition which was putting her in danger of losing lower l...

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August 8, 2021

Clementina is a ten-year-old student and the youngest in a family of four children. She is a loving girl who enjoys playing with babies, especially her neighbours’. Her mother says she would wake up in the morning and ask right away for permission to go see her neighbour’s baby. She is also a hard-working girl. She helps her mother clean the house and cleaning dishes. She cleans her own clothes too sometimes.

Clementina 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, Clementina is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Clementina’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 9th. This procedure will hopefully spare Clementina from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Clementina’s mother says, “We never knew the condition needed treatment all these years. But we are thankful that she is able to stand and walk. She has been scheduled for surgery but the cost is too high for us to afford please help.”

Clementina is a ten-year-old student and the youngest in a family of four children. She is a loving girl who enjoys playing with babies, esp...

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Clementina's Timeline

  • August 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Clementina received 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.

  • August 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Clementina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Clementina's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 7, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Clementina's treatment was successful. 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 Clementina's treatment
Hospital Fees
$804
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$51
Labs
$60
Other
$49

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Collins

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11%funded
$76raised
$570to go