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Dorcas from Tanzania raised $639 to fund surgery that will enable her to use her hands.

Dorcas
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  • $639 raised, $0 to go
$639
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Dorcas's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2020.

Photo of Dorcas post-operation

December 17, 2020

Dorcas underwent surgery that will enable her to use her hands.

Dorcas’ surgery went well, which helped release the little fingers on her left hand to allow her to use her right hand while continuing with her treatment. This is the second stage of her treatment, which aims is to help Dorcas have use of her fingers in her daily life activities like holding things such as pen when writing at school. She is still having regular dressing changes to ensure she doesn’t develop an infection and her post-surgical wounds are healing well.

Dorcas shared, “I can’t wait for my wounds to be healed so that I can be able to use my fingers. Asante Sana.”

Dorcas’ surgery went well, which helped release the little fingers on her left hand to allow her to use her right hand while continuing with...

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October 13, 2020

Dorcas is a young girl from Tanzania. She is a fourth born child in a family of four children. She is still in kindergarten but hopefully will continue to class one once the COVID-19 crisis improves.

Dorcas was born with a condition called Syndactyly where her fingers are fused together making it hard for her to utilize them easily. Dorcas was taken to the hospital by her mother to try to correct her fingers when she was three years old but unfortunately they were unable to correct her condition.

Since her parents’ passing, Dorcas has been staying with her aunt. They have not been able to seek treatment for her due to the cost of hospital fees. Dorcas’ aunt has four children of her own and also looks after Dorcas full-time as her parent. Dorcas’ aunt was advised by her pastor to bring her to our medical partner’s clinic for treatment. Dorcas has been scheduled to have both of her little fingers released, but her aunt cannot afford the cost of treatment and they are now asking for help.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dorcas receive treatment. On October 14th, surgeons at our medical partner’s care center will perform a hand surgery so that she will be able to use her fingers with ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $639 procedure.

Dorcas’ aunt shared, “I believe this surgery will help her have more use of her hands and reduce the challenges she is going through due to her fingers being joined together.”

Dorcas is a young girl from Tanzania. She is a fourth born child in a family of four children. She is still in kindergarten but hopefully wi...

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Dorcas's Timeline

  • October 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dorcas was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • October 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dorcas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dorcas received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • December 15, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dorcas's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Dorcas. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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

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Ezra is a 28-year-old man from Kabomo Village, Kenya. He works as a labourer in his village. Ezra is a very talkative and energetic person. Earlier in October, Ezra fell into a ditch and sustained a severe fracture on his right lower leg. He could not lift his leg and was in great pain. Ezra was taken to the nearest health centre, where a cast was placed and he was referred to our medical partner's facility for orthopedic review. On arrival at Kapsowar Hospital, Ezra was reviewed and sent for an x-ray which revealed a right tibia plateau fracture that required surgery. However, he did not have money to pay the necessary deposit to have the surgery. Because he was in pain and his leg was swelling abnormally, Ezra was admitted to elevate his limb and avoid any complications that may arise due to his fracture. Twelve days later, Ezra has been deemed fit for surgery, but the family has not raised the required amount to proceed for surgery. Due to his injury, Ezra is not able to continue working to raise money for his procedure. He dropped out of school in 8th grade due to his family's financial struggles, and as such works many causal jobs to meet his daily needs. Ezra is a young, hardworking man and is very optimistic of a better future. So far, he has raised 20,000 Kenyan shillings, and is appealing for financial support for his surgery so that he can have a good outcome. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 23rd, Ezra will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow Ezra to ambulate with ease and reduce chances of future complications. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund his procedure. Ezra shared, “It hasn't been easy for me since I fractured my leg. This situation has weighed heavily on me because there’s no one to help me out. My hope is to receive treatment, get out of the hospital bed and walk again.”

71% funded

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$729raised
$287to go

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