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Joseph from Tanzania raised $1,100 to treat spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Joseph
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on June 23, 2015.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

July 24, 2015

Joseph received treatment for spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

“I am so happy that my baby is alive and doing so much better,” shares Joseph’s mother. “He is feeding well and I can comfortably carry him and not worry so much about his back. I give thanks for the huge financial support given. My husband and I wouldn’t have managed without the generosity and support. Thank you!”

“Joseph is doing well,” his doctor tells us. “The open wound on his lower back is closed. Although it is taking some time to heal, it is now healing well. The wound is clean and dry hence, chances of contracting infection has greatly been reduced. A ventriculoperitoneal shunt will also be inserted soon to prevent Joseph’s head from growing unusually big and allow him to have the ability to support his head, have good vision and not become completely dependent.”

“I am so happy that my baby is alive and doing so much better," shares Joseph's mother. "He is feeding well and I can comfortably carry him ...

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June 17, 2015

Joseph was born in Tanzania just four days ago! Joseph’s family works as small-scale farmers, selling maize and beans. Joseph’s mother also sells bananas at the local open market for supplemental income.

Joseph was born with myelomeningocele, a type of spina bifida, as well as hydrocephalus, which involves cerebrospinal fluid buildup within the brain. Myelomeningocele is a defect in which a part of the spinal cord protrudes out of the body through an opening in the back. Thus, Joseph is currently living with a lesion on his lower back that is continuously leaking cerebrospinal fluids into various part of his body, including his brain. If left untreated, this leakage can lead to infection, muscle weakness, or paralysis.

If the fluid reaches the brain, it can eventually cause blindness, seizures, or brain damage. Often times myelomeningocele can also result in a loss of sensation, particularly in the feet or legs, because the nerves in the spinal column fail to function properly.

For only $1,100, doctors will be able to move Joseph’s exposed spinal cord back inside of his body and cover it with muscle and skin. This procedure will prevent the cerebrospinal fluid leakage, reduce Joseph’s risk of infection or any further complications, and allow him to live a healthy newborn life.

Joseph’s mother was scared when she became aware of Joseph’s condition. Her family’s small agricultural business does not make enough money to pay for a spina bifida treatment and her third child, born only a year earlier, had the same condition as Joseph and passed away after birth.

“I just pray that my son will survive and grow like the rest of my children,” says Joseph’s mother.

Joseph was born in Tanzania just four days ago! Joseph's family works as small-scale farmers, selling maize and beans. Joseph’s mother also ...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • June 17, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joseph was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • June 18, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph received treatment. 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 21, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 23, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 24, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Joseph. Read the update.

Funded by 44 donors

Funded by 44 donors

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