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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.

  • 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) 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.

  • July 31, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lucas's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 3, 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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Channarith

Channarith is a 19-year-old student and security guard. He's the eldest of three in his family and his father is a construction worker. When not working or studying, he likes to play football, watch TV, listen to music, and help his mother with housework. Last November, Channarith was involved in a motorbike accident. He lost consciousness and severely injured his left arm. His parents took him to a clinic in their province, where doctors suggested they take him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Channarith cannot move his left shoulder and he has no elbow mobility nor finger movement. His muscles have atrophied and he has no feeling in his left arm. Doctors anticipate that a nerve transfer will help to restore movement to the associated muscle. Channarith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment, which is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available. On March 3rd, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he hopes to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Channarith says "I hope that I can use my arm and return to work as soon as possible."

35% funded

35%funded
$249raised
$447to go

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