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Success! Arabella from Kenya raised $619 to fund a colostomy closure.

Arabella
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  • $619 raised, $0 to go
$619
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$0
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Fully funded
Arabella's treatment was fully funded on December 3, 2020.

Photo of Arabella post-operation

May 15, 2020

Arabella underwent a colostomy closure.

Arabella had successful surgery to close her colostomy (a perforation on her abdomen to aid in passing stool). She can now pass stool normally and this was a highlight to her parents. Arabella’s mother could not hide her joy when her daughter was finally able to go to the bathroom normally.

“My daughter’s journey has taught me not to take things for granted. Every reflex in our bodies is a blessing and we should always be thankful,” says Arabella’s mother.

Arabella had successful surgery to close her colostomy (a perforation on her abdomen to aid in passing stool). She can now pass stool norma...

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March 18, 2020

Arabella is a 15-month-old baby from Kenya. Arabella’s mom is a stay-at-home mom and does a bit of farming at home. Her father is a caterer in a nearby school.

Arabella underwent a colostomy, in which the end of her colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Arabella’s case, her colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Arabella. The surgery is scheduled to take place on March 19th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently.

“Please help us. I look forward to see my daughter well,” says Arabella’s mother.

Arabella is a 15-month-old baby from Kenya. Arabella’s mom is a stay-at-home mom and does a bit of farming at home. Her father is a caterer ...

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Arabella's Timeline

  • March 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Arabella was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • March 19, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Arabella received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • March 19, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Arabella's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 15, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Arabella's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 3, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Arabella's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Colostomy Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $619 for Arabella's treatment
Hospital Fees
$601
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$18
Supplies
$0

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Esther

Esther is a 13-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the first born in a family of two children. Currently, Esther is a sixth grade student. She likes reading and is very active at home, especially with helping her mother with household chores. Esther's father is a farmer, while her mother is a homemaker and takes care of their family. Esther was born a healthy child. However, when she turned one year of age, her family noticed un unusual bowing in her legs. Since then, her condition has worsened. She often feels pain while walking, and cannot walk well or carry heavy loads. This affects her self-esteem, and in turn her studies as well. Esther has a condition called genu valgus, or knock knees. Last year with the help of Watsi supporters, she underwent corrective surgery on her left side, which has healed and she is walking well. Now, she is scheduled to undergo the same surgery on her right side to completely correct her legs from the bowing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Esther receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a corrective foot surgery on February 15th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,224, and she and her family need help raising money. Once Esther is fully recovered, she will be able to walk, continue with her education, and help her mother again. Esther will also be able to socialize and play with other girls more comfortably. Esther's Aunt Fridah shared, "On behalf of the family, we are extremely grateful for the support you rendered to our daughter. May the almighty God bless you. We continue to plead for more support to ensure that she is completely healed and continue with her life like other girls."

87% funded

87%funded
$1,065raised
$159to go
Isaya

Isaya is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of three children. Isaya never had the chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. Despite not going to school, Isaya has been a very hardworking young man who helps his father look after the cattle. Isaya was born healthy and his growth has been normal, until last year when he noticed his right leg was bending inwards. He says the bend was very slight but over time it has increased significantly. Isaya has been walking over a long distance in search of green pasture for his father's cattle. However, due to his leg, Isaya can no longer go out with the cattle. Isaya was diagnosed with right genu valgus, or bowleggedness. His leg is bowed inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is in pain and discomfort after walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Isaya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Isaya's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Isaya shared, “I am unable to carry out my daily chores because of my leg. Please help me get this treatment so that I can return home and help my parents.”

71% funded

71%funded
$631raised
$249to go

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