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Success! Hamza from Ethiopia raised $1,500 to fund a mass removal in his abdomen so he can return to school.

Hamza
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Hamza's treatment was fully funded on June 9, 2021.

Photo of Hamza post-operation

July 8, 2021

Hamza underwent a mass removal and can return to school.

Hamza’s surgery was successful and he is recovering well from the operation. His swollen stomach is now back to normal and will be free of stomach discomfort, pain, and the risk of spreading of cancer and infection. Both Hamza and his family will no longer experience the negative psychological effects that result from fear of stigma and discrimination.

Hamza’s mom said “I am so happy for the treatment. Our hospital stay was good and I hope he can go to school without any worry now.”

Hamza's surgery was successful and he is recovering well from the operation. His swollen stomach is now back to normal and will be free of s...

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May 24, 2021

Hamza is a 4-year-old boy from Ethiopia and the sixth child of his parents. He loves to play football. He joined school but had to stop going as a result of his condition. Hamza’s father died a year and a half ago and his mom runs a small business selling charcoal in their village. His three older siblings do small business as shoe shiners and daily workers. Hamza’s mom shared that most of the time, their family eats twice a day because their income can’t afford three meals a day.

Hamza has been diagnosed with an abdominal mass called Neurofibomatosis. This causes swelling and a change of the shape of the abdomen. It also causes abdominal discomfort, pain, and bloating. Doctors have done a CT scan and identified a mass is on the wall of his abdomen that needs to be removed.

His mother shared: “Hamza wants to learn and I want him also to go to school. I hope after the treatment he’ll be as healthy as others and go to school.”

Hamza is a 4-year-old boy from Ethiopia and the sixth child of his parents. He loves to play football. He joined school but had to stop goin...

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Hamza's Timeline

  • May 24, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hamza 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.

  • May 28, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hamza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hamza's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hamza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

Treatment
Abdominal Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,614 for Hamza's treatment
Subsidies fund $114 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$624
Medical Staff
$543
Medication
$42
Supplies
$175
Labs
$10
Radiology
$143
Other
$77

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$1,004raised
$496to go
Gay

Gay is a one-year-old boy living with his family in a refugee camp. His family is originally from Burma, but they left for Thailand due to conflict in the area. Gay lives with his parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, and brother. Gay and his brother are too young to go to school, so they stay home with their mother. Gay's aunt and uncle are in school, while his father and grandfather work on a farm near the refugee camp. Gay was born with an inguinal hernia. The condition causes him severe pain, and he often cries, so his mother sits quietly with him to help reduce the pain he is experiencing. Gay needs to undergo surgery to finally heal. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help Gay receive treatment. On May 27th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery to help him live more comfortably in the future. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund his procedure and care. Gay's mother shared, “I have to be with him constantly. He cries and does not let anyone else hold him except me. I also have to look after my mother and sister, and sometimes we do not have time to cook. I cannot take care of everyone. I felt so happy when I heard that an organization will pay for my son's surgery. I would like to say thank you to all the donors who will help my son. I believe my son will get better soon and that he will grow up without feeling ashamed of himself due to his condition. I want him to become an educated person in the future.”

65% funded

65%funded
$980raised
$520to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Shee

Shee is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. In 2016, Shee and her family moved to a refugee camp in Thailand. There she has been able to continue her studies. Shee graduated from the junior college and now helps her cousin-in-law weave and sell traditional Karen clothes. She shared that it has been difficult for her family to find work within the camp at this time, but she hopes to become a teacher soon. In her free time, Shee enjoys playing with her nephews. In February, Shee began to develop a mass and experience pain in her abdomen, so she visited the camp's hospital. Upon review, she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and given medication. Since the mass continued to grow, Shee was referred to her our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sariang Hospital, in early April. After receiving an ultrasound, the doctors determined Shee has an ovarian cyst and needs to undergo surgery to heal. Currently, Shee experiences severe pain that makes it challenging for her to sleep, eat, or continue her weaving. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help Shee receive treatment. On April 20th, she will undergo surgery to remove the cyst. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund the total cost of this procedure. Shee shared, "I am not worried about my operation because I hope it will fix my health problem. I would like to become a teacher in the future because I like teaching. After I recover, I plan to apply at a school in the refugee camp."

66% funded

66%funded
$1,004raised
$496to go