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Success! Dickens from Kenya raised $743 to fund congenital anorectal malformation surgery.

Dickens
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  • $743 raised, $0 to go
$743
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Dickens's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2020.

Photo of Dickens post-operation

December 23, 2020

Dickens underwent congenital anorectal malformation surgery.

Our medical partner shared that Dickens had a successful surgery! After the surgery, he developed some complications while healing, but fortunately, he recovered well and is now back home. His mother brings him for clinic follow-ups regularly so that the medical team can support his full recovery.

Dickens’ mother told us, “As a family, we had given up on Dickens until a friend referred us to BethanyKids Hospital. We thank God for the safe surgery, AMH, and the Watsi program.”

Our medical partner shared that Dickens had a successful surgery! After the surgery, he developed some complications while healing, but fort...

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September 16, 2020

In 2018, Dickens’ mother gave birth to him on her way to the hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, they were reviewed then discharged home on the same day. But, the next day Dickens’ mother noticed that his stomach had started to swell. She rushed him to the nearby facility and Dickens was diagnosed with anorectal malformation. They were then referred to another facility in Kisumu where a colostomy was put.

When it was time for Dickens’ second surgery, his mother took him to the same facility where the first surgery was done, but nothing was done. Dickens’ mother kept on visiting the facility to seek treatment for her son, and still nothing was done. She shared that a few months down the line, a friend learnt about Dickens’ condition and he advised them to come to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Bethany Kids Hospital. Upon arrival, Dickens was examined and emergency surgery was scheduled for the next day.

Just before Dickens was born, his father passed away. Both of his parents were casual laborers and would do any work that they came across to provide for their family of five. After his birth, his mother has not been able to look for work and relies on her parents-in-law. She now has to stay at home and take care of Dickens because of his medical condition. Dickens’ grandfather is a farmer and mostly sells his produce to earn a living. With Dickens surgery planned, the family is not able to raise any money to cater for the cost and his mother is appealing for financial help.

Dickens’ mother shared, “It really hurts whenever I see my son crying out because of the pain he experiences.”

In 2018, Dickens’ mother gave birth to him on her way to the hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, they were reviewed then discharged home...

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Dickens's Timeline

  • September 16, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 17, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dickens 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.

  • September 17, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dickens's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dickens's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dickens's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Anorectoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $743 for Dickens's treatment
Hospital Fees
$672
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$26
Supplies
$0
Labs
$9
Other
$36

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Davis

Davis is a bright young man from Uganda. He is the thirdborn in a family of five children, all ranging in age from 15 to 30. His parents are small-scale farmers, and they own a three-room mud house for shelter. Davis completed secondary school class four, but he did not proceed because he wanted to prioritize and take care of his health before returning to his studies. For over five years, Davis has dealt with a right inguinal hernia. The hernia started as a small, painless swelling, but it has progressively increased in size. His parents initially were not concerned because Davis continued with his home duties per usual and was still very active. However, due to the swelling's noticeable increase in size, Davis has become very worried about the health complications his hernia can cause if it is not treated promptly. If left untreated, not only will the growth continue to grow, but he will also be at risk of strangulation and intestinal obstruction. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center on August 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Davis's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Davis says, “I want and hope to live a normal life again through surgery and be able to take my studies to a higher level. I want to become a strong and educated man in future who is able to help others.”

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91%funded
$155raised
$15to go

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