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Success! Gracious from Tanzania raised $639 to fund surgery to heal her burn scars.

Gracious
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  • $639 raised, $0 to go
$639
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$0
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Fully funded
Gracious's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2022.

Photo of Gracious post-operation

January 10, 2023

Gracious underwent surgery to heal her burn scars.

Gracious underwent successful surgery! She will continue with post-operative care and follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth healing process. Because of this procedure, Gracious is able to move her head without pain, and her neck’s range of motion will continue to improve as she heals.

Gracious’s mother shared: “Thank you very much. May God bless you.”

Gracious underwent successful surgery! She will continue with post-operative care and follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth healing proc...

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October 10, 2022

Gracious is three years old, and the only child in her family. She lives with her parents - her mother and father are small scale farmers, growing maize, beans and whey. Her father also works for Serengeti Balloon Safaris, a job to which he has only recently returned, after the disruptions in the tourist industry caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In September of last year, Gracious was playing with a friend on the verandah of her home. She stumbled over a stool that was sitting next to a charcoal stove, where a pot of beans was cooking. As a result of her fall, Gracious’ face, neck and chest were burned by hot steam from the pot of beans. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was treated, and sent home. However, as a result of the scarring from the burns, Gracious has developed contractures on her neck, making her unable to move her neck around, and causing her discomfort.

Gracious will need surgery to release these burn contractures. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gracious to access the care that she needs. On October 11th, she will undergo a procedure at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, that will enable her to move her neck more freely, and without pain. Now, her family needs your help to fund this $639 operation.

Gracious’ mother says: “I hope my child recovers fully and lives a normal life.”

Gracious is three years old, and the only child in her family. She lives with her parents - her mother and father are small scale farmers, ...

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Gracious's Timeline

  • October 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gracious was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gracious 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.

  • October 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gracious's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gracious's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gracious's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Single Contracture Release
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $639 for Gracious's treatment
Hospital Fees
$460
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$11
Supplies
$103
Labs
$14
Other
$31

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Chit Htun

Chit Htun is a 21-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his mother and two younger sisters and a younger brother. His father is deceased and his mother is a homemaker. She takes care of the household and her children. All of his younger siblings are students, while Chit Htun and his eldest sister are doing an online general education diploma. Chit Htun has two aunts who help the family financially as they can. He also has a former teacher who is able to contribute some money consistently to the family. This normally has been enough to cover the family’s basic necessities but since the February 2021 coup, prices have increased significantly and there is not always enough money to pay for food. Sometimes the family has free meals at the local monastery. Chit Htun was born with spina bifida as well as hydrocephalus at the Maternal and Child Hospital in Myawaddy in Burma and when he was just over a month old, he had a stent inserted in his brain to control hydrocephalus. He has multiple conditions arising from the spina bifida, including bilateral atrophy to his lower legs with club feet, a neurogenic bladder requiring a suprapubic catheter, a neurogenic bowel requiring a colostomy, along with scoliosis. Despite the number of surgeries he has undergone, and the pain he endures, he is a pleasant and engaging young man, thoughtful and independent. In Oct 2021, Chit Htun fell down from some stairs at his home. Though there was no loss of consciousness at the time, he hit his head with the fall. Since that time, he has been experiencing headaches and dizziness with occasional loss of consciousness. His mother brought him to the hospital in Yangon and a scan showed that the original shunt was in place. A second shunt was inserted, and it appeared to help with the loss of consciousness, but headaches and dizziness continued to be a problem. After the second shunt was cleared of partial blockage, Chit Htun still continued to have headaches and dizziness and then in October, he had a seizure, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. His family cannot afford to go for further investigation and treatment so that they came to Mae Tao Clinic across the border in Mae Sot, Thailand. Doctors want Chit Htun to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Chit Htun's CT scan and care, scheduled for November 28th. Chit Htun said, “My condition is interrupting my education and my future. When I always have to stop my studies for treatment, it makes it difficult to continue.”

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$40raised
$374to go

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