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Success! Patriciah from Kenya raised $634 to fund a shunt revision.

Patriciah
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  • $634 raised, $0 to go
$634
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Patriciah's treatment was fully funded on October 1, 2019.

Photo of Patriciah post-operation

October 6, 2019

Patriciah underwent a shunt revision.

Patriciah had successful surgery to help drain the excess fluid from his brain. This has minimized the risk of suffering brain damage and potentially death. Patriciah no longer suffers the migraines she had before treatment.

“I no longer have the headaches I had before treatment. Thank you for helping me,” says Patriciah.

Patriciah had successful surgery to help drain the excess fluid from his brain. This has minimized the risk of suffering brain damage and po...

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August 26, 2019

Patriciah is the second born in a family of three children. At birth, Patricia was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition where the spine fails to close completely. A week after surgery was done and when her parents thought she was okay, little Patricia developed hydrocephalus. This is a condition where excess fluid accumulates in the skull causing the brain to swell. Surgery to insert a shunt was also done a week after the second diagnosis. Patricia has been in school in class two and fairing on well, until recently when she developed constant headaches. Painkillers have not been of much help to her. On review, a CT scan has revealed that Patriciah has a shunt malfunction and will require a shunt revision to correct the problem. If not treated, Patriciah is likely to suffer brain damage, be unable to attend school, loss of sight and potentially death.

Patriciah lives with her two siblings and mother in a one-roomed rental house in the Central region of Kenya. Her mother does casual tasks such as farming and laundry in the neighborhood to give her children a good life or a close to a good life. Her father, on the other hand, abandoned them three years back due to the demands of taking care of a special needs child. With a very menial income, she is not able to raise the funds needed.

Patriciah is the second born in a family of three children. At birth, Patricia was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition where the spine ...

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Patriciah's Timeline

  • August 26, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 27, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Patriciah received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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.

  • August 30, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Patriciah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 1, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Patriciah's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 6, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Patriciah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
VP Shunt Revision
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $634 for Patriciah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$486
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$28
Supplies
$0
Labs
$120

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Lah

Lah is a 50-year-old woman from Thailand who lives with her husband and her daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Lah is a homemaker, and her daughter is a middle school student. Her husband cannot work since he was in an accident six years ago. Her neighbor pays for her daughter’s school fees and in return, Lah shares vegetables that she grows with her neighbors. Her family receives about $35 per month on a cash card, but this income is not enough to cover their daily needs. In her free time, Lah loves praying at home and she enjoys going to church every Sunday. Starting from 2018, Lah has been experiencing dizziness, back pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, and lower abdomen pain every day. If she sits for a longer period of time, she has difficulty standing up due to the back pain. Lah cannot walk longer distances because of the pain in her lower abdomen and back. Lah has been diagnosed with myoma uteri, and is advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy. If left untreated, Lah's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Lah is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on June 16th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once she is fully recovered, Lah will no longer experience pain in her back and abdomen and will be able to sit and walk without difficulty. Lah said, “I am so happy that my condition is treatable. I will be able to live with my family for a longer time. Now that I know donors may help pay for my treatment, I would like to thank them in advance for helping me. I want to live long, and look after my daughter and my husband. I prayed and God has answered my prayers, so I am very thankful to God and your organization who helped find donors for me.”

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