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Success! Lazaro from Kenya raised $681 to fund a colostomy closure.

Lazaro
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  • $681 raised, $0 to go
$681
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lazaro's treatment was fully funded on July 19, 2020.

Photo of Lazaro post-operation

August 6, 2020

Lazaro underwent a colostomy closure.

Being his last surgery, Lazaro’s mother is very happy. His surgery went on successfully, helping him to complete the whole cycle of three surgeries to treat his condition. His mother now will bring him for clinic follow-ups with the doctor to make sure he continues to recover well. The surgery has made Lazaro pass stool properly without any pain and complications.

Lazaro’s mother says, “Thank you very much for the support you have offered to my son.”

Being his last surgery, Lazaro's mother is very happy. His surgery went on successfully, helping him to complete the whole cycle of three su...

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June 24, 2020

Lazaro is a baby boy from Kenya. To make ends meet, Lazaro’s parents alternate between farming and casual daily laboring, which they shared is very hard to find. Lazaro’s mother told us: “Sometimes it’s hard for me to go looking for work far from home with Lazaro on my back due to his condition.” Being their only son, Lazaro’s parents are eager to see his condition healed. Lazaro’s mother is appealing for financial help for her son’s treatment

Lazaro underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the 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 Lazaro’s case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Lazaro. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 25th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Lazaro’s mother says, “I would do anything to see my child get better.”

Lazaro is a baby boy from Kenya. To make ends meet, Lazaro’s parents alternate between farming and casual daily laboring, which they shared ...

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Lazaro's Timeline

  • June 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 25, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lazaro 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.

  • June 25, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lazaro's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 19, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lazaro's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 06, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lazaro's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Colostomy Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $681 for Lazaro's treatment
Hospital Fees
$663
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$18
Supplies
$0

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Hellen

Hellen is a farmer from Kenya. Hellen, accompanied by her youngest daughter, looks uneasy but confident as she met with our local Watsi rep. She shared a smile as we approached her but occasionally frowns and gets lost in thoughts. She has symptomatic fibroids which have been causing her excessive bleeding since 2015. Doctors recommended a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy-TAH to help stop the prolonged bleeding and relieve her of stomach aches and discomfort. Hellen's problem started in early February 2015 when she began experiencing stomach aches and bleeding. She visited a nearby health centre and was treated for suspected ulcers and stomach pains. Although her pains and the discharges kept recurring, she never visited the hospital but was managing the condition with medication from a nearby pharmacy. However, in November 2016 her condition worsened and she was forced to visit a bigger hospital. After a series of tests and visits to the facility, doctors recommended myomectomy. At the time Hellen was taking care of two of her family members, her husband who succumbed to prostate cancer, and a son who has epilepsy. Due to financial constraints, she was unable to get the surgery done and opted not to seek medical attention. After a while, her daughter mobilized resources from friends and relatives and opted to bring her to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital for medical attention. The OBS/GYN team recommended a TAH, of which she is unable to fully cover the cost. She was recently widowed after her husband and the father to her 4 children passed on as a result of his cancer. Her second-born child is suffering from epilepsy and has been in and out of the hospital depleting their family's already limited resources. She shared that her kids have been supportive but bills for her husband and his subsequent burial have forced them to seek help from well-wishers and relatives. Her National Health Insurance has not been approved for the procedure. Hellen lives in a one-acre piece of land in Embu where they practice small scale farming for home use. She was a housewife who relies on her children since her husband who was the breadwinner passed on. She is unable to pay for the cost of the surgery and treatment and hereby requests for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $794 to fund Hellen's surgery. On September 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Hellen will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Hellen says, “I have lived with pain and bleeding for a long time. I sacrificed the family resources to treat my husband and child. I need help to at least put this pain to a stop.”

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$591raised
$203to go

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