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Josephine from Kenya raised $1,500 to fund spinal surgery.

Josephine
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Josephine's treatment was fully funded on November 13, 2020.
November 13, 2020

Josephine underwent spinal surgery but was able to access other financial support.

Our medical partner just shared that Josephine’s surgery was successful and she will now have physical therapy to support her full recovery. Once the surgery began the surgeon determined that she did not need implants, which made the total costs of her surgery lower than planned and additionally, the national health insurance program ultimately agreed to help cover the cost of $1500, so Watsi financial support is no longer needed. They have requested that we support another patient in need and we appreciate your understanding!

Josephine still wanted to share, “I am happy that I finally received this surgery and hope the pains that have been a burden to me for so long will now go away.”

Our medical partner just shared that Josephine's surgery was successful and she will now have physical therapy to support her full recovery....

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August 24, 2020

Josephine shared that she has been struggling with chronic lower back pains for 7 years. She has been under medication and physiotherapy, but without improvement. Doctors recommend a Lumbar Discectomy Surgery to avert the possible advance effects of the condition, which could affect her backbone and the spinal cord. If not treated, Josephine risks having prolonged pains, numbness, and loss of muscle strength that can result in paralysis.

Josephine’s back problems started in November 2012 while she was doing her laundry. She felt clicking sound on her lower back accompanied by sharp pains. She visited a nearby hospital for treatment. Josephine was put on physiotherapy and pain medication. For the last 7 years, she has been visiting different health facilities but her condition keeps deteriorating. Josephine was referred to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital by a friend who had received the same treatment in the facility.

Josephine doesn’t have a source of income. She is a full time housewife who has dedicated all her time to raising their three children aged between 4-13 years, and taking care of her family. They live in a two-roomed house that costs $30 per month. Her husband is a lorry driver and their family depends on his sole source of income to pay rent, school fees, medical expenses, and for survival. Josephine depends on her husband’s medical cover where she is listed as a beneficiary. Several trips to different hospital has depleted their coverage and family’s little resources. They have been also been relying in the the national health insurance fund which can cover only part of the total cost of the surgery and treatment. She is appealing for financial aid to support the remaining cost of $1,500.

Josephine says, “I have lived with this pain for long but it’s now becoming unbearable. I need this surgery and treatment to get my life back to normal again.”

Josephine shared that she has been struggling with chronic lower back pains for 7 years. She has been under medication and physiotherapy, bu...

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Josephine's Timeline

  • August 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Josephine was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • August 25, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Josephine was scheduled to receive treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital. 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.

  • August 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Josephine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 13, 2020
    FUNDING ENDED

    Josephine is no longer raising funds.

  • November 13, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Josephine's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Spinal Fusion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $3,245 for Josephine's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,745 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,476
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$107
Supplies
$0
Labs
$112
Other
$550

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.