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Success! Maritu from Ethiopia raised $1,500 for life-changing anorectal surgery.

Maritu
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Fully funded
Maritu's treatment was fully funded on January 3, 2016.

Photo of Maritu post-operation

April 11, 2016

Maritu received life-changing anorectal surgery.

Maritu underwent a successful anorectoplasty (PSARP) operation, and she now has a new functional anus. Maritu subsequently underwent dilations to ensure that the new anal opening did not collapse, and three months later, Maritu underwent a colostomy closure. She can now pass stool normally and is recovering well.

“Maritu’s parents were very excited seeing their baby girl recovering from a big surgery,” explains her medical team. “They are grateful and overwhelmed with what was done for her.”

“My child is now well and we are so thankful,” her parents wrote. “This program raised our hope and gave us this big surgery for nothing in return. God bless our sponsors and we like to say thank you.”

Maritu underwent a successful anorectoplasty (PSARP) operation, and she now has a new functional anus. Maritu subsequently underwent dilatio...

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December 2, 2015

Two-month-old Maritu lives with her family in Ethiopia. She was born with no anal opening—a condition known as anorectal malformation. Due to this, she is unable to pass stool normally.

“Maritu presented with partial bowel obstruction at the age of one week,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), explains. “A colostomy was performed urgently. Maritu has recovered both from the surgery and the obstructive symptoms but still has a colostomy and an imperforate anus. Now, she needs a definitive surgery for the correction of her anomaly.”

Maritu’s father works as a farmer to provide for his six children, but he does not earn enough money to pay for the surgery that Maritu needs.

For $1,500, Maritu will undergo an anorectoplasty to create a new anal opening so that she can pass stool normally. AMHF tells us that after surgery, “Maritu is expected to live a normal life.”

Maritu’s father hopes that one day his daughter will be well enough to go to school.

Two-month-old Maritu lives with her family in Ethiopia. She was born with no anal opening—a condition known as anorectal malformation. Due t...

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Maritu's Timeline

  • December 2, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maritu was submitted by Jon Fielder, Executive Director at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maritu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 3, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maritu's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maritu received treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM) in Ethiopia. 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.

  • April 11, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maritu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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$65raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Bakandema

Bakandema is a 79-year-old man who runs a small banana plantation, which he and his wife tend to together. They also cultivate maize, beans, and potatoes for their family. Bakandema also brews traditional beer to complement the income from the farm. However, at his old age, he has to work hard to make sufficient income. His eight children have left the nest, but all work in casual labour with limited income. For the last three years, Bakandema has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain, especially when he bends or walks for some time. He cannot sleep well these days. The hernia has been getting worse over time and, without treatment, might become a strangulated hernia which is life-threatening. After selling some goats to travel and pay for his treatment, Bakandema came to Nyakibale Hospital for medical review. He was recommended to undergo herniorrhaphy surgery to treat his condition. However, Bakandema cannot afford the cost of his care and appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on June 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Bakandema's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bakandema shared, “I pray that you help me get treated because I have been in pain for a long time. Once relieved, I will live to give a testimony about what you have done for me as I continue with farming to sustain my family.”

28% funded

28%funded
$65raised
$165to go