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Lucas from Tanzania raised $966 to fund spinal surgery.

Lucas
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  • $966 raised, $0 to go
$966
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lucas's treatment was fully funded on July 31, 2018.
August 3, 2018

Lucas sadly and unexpectedly passed away during surgery.

We are deeply saddened to report that during surgery, Lucas reacted to the anesthesia and his vitals became unstable. The surgery was paused and he was moved to the NICU for close monitoring, but he passed away during the night.

We are committed to reporting all outcomes transparently—even those we wish were different. Thank you so much for your support of Lucas and his family.

We are deeply saddened to report that during surgery, Lucas reacted to the anesthesia and his vitals became unstable. The surgery was paused...

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July 19, 2018

Lucas is an infant from Tanzania. He is the youngest of five children. His parents are farmers.

Lucas 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, Lucas 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, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Lucas’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 20. This procedure will hopefully spare Lucas from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Lucas’s mother says, “I am very worried about my son. We have gone through so much within this few days of his life. Please help us get treatment for our son.”

Lucas is an infant from Tanzania. He is the youngest of five children. His parents are farmers. Lucas was born with spina bifida, a type ...

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Lucas's Timeline

  • July 19, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 19, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lucas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lucas received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • July 31, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lucas's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 03, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Lucas. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Repair (Alone)
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $966 for Lucas's treatment
Hospital Fees
$804
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$51
Labs
$60

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Saw Eh

Saw Eh is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and two children in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. He works as a security guard in the camp while his wife looks after their two young children. His family receives 821 baht (approx. 27 USD) each month from an organisation called The Border Consortium as part of their rations, and he also earns 700 baht (approx. 23 USD) in a month from working as a security guard. Their monthly income is just enough to pay for their basic expenses. In the early morning of June 1st, 2020, at around 9:00 am, Saw Eh left the camp to forage for bamboo shoots in the jungle. While climbing over some slippery boulders, a few larger rocks from above him rolled down towards him. Unfortunately, Saw Eh could not avoid the falling rocks and was hit on the head and right leg. He was knocked unconscious and had no idea how long it took him to regain consciousness. When he did, he was in severe pain and cried out loudly for help. Luckily, a man was nearby and heard him shouting for help. The man fetched a few others to help him carry Saw Eh to the clinic in the refugee camp. At the clinic, the medic directly referred Saw Eh to Mae Sariang Hospital, as they knew they could not treat him in the camp. When he arrived at Mae Sariang Hospital, he received an x-ray, which confirmed that both bones in Saw Eh's right lower leg are fractured. The doctor then referred him to a hospital in Chiang Mai immediately, as he would need to receive surgery at a larger hospital, to ensure his leg heals properly. Currently, Saw Eh's right leg is in pain as well as his head. He cannot walk nor move his right leg. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Eh will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 1st and will cost $1,500. The surgery will stop Saw Eh from being in pain and will help his leg heal properly. He will then be able to walk again.

80% funded

80%funded
$1,206raised
$294to go

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