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Success! Gideon from Kenya raised $1,097 to fund spina bifida closure surgery.

Gideon
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  • $1,097 raised, $0 to go
$1,097
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Gideon's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Gideon post-operation

September 28, 2017

Gideon underwent spina bifida closure surgery.

Gideon had a successful surgery to repair the congenital spinal defect. He is doing much better. The surgery has minimized the risk of infection, development of tethered cord syndrome, and paralysis on his lower limbs.

“I was truly lost but through your help my son has received treatment. I cannot thank you enough,” says Gideon’s mother.

Gideon had a successful surgery to repair the congenital spinal defect. He is doing much better. The surgery has minimized the risk of infec...

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September 12, 2017

Meet Gideon, a two-week old baby boy from Kenya.

Gideon has been diagnosed with spina bifida, a medical condition where there is an incomplete formation of the spine, leaving the spinal cord exposed. Left untreated, Gideon is at risk of developing an infection or tethered spinal cord syndrome.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has scheduled Gideon for spina bifida closure surgery on September 13. The total cost of Gideon’s medical bill is $1,097.

Gideon’s mother says, “I want to see my child grow up healthy and without any health-related problems.”

Meet Gideon, a two-week old baby boy from Kenya. Gideon has been diagnosed with spina bifida, a medical condition where there is an inco...

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Gideon's Timeline

  • September 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 14, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gideon received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gideon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gideon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gideon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,097 for Gideon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$889
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$82
Supplies
$0
Labs
$126
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient has a mass or lesion on the back that leaks cerebral spinal fluid, which puts him or her at risk of infection.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Spina bifida can cause incontinence, bladder and kidney damage, and paralysis and numbness in the lower limbs, bladder, and sphincter. It can also lead to hydrocephalus as a result of disturbance to the fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus can lead to cognitive dysfunction, blindness, and death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Spina bifida is more common in developing countries due to improper and inadequate nutrition. Foods containing folic acid are scarce, and food is not fortified. In Kenya, however, the Ministry of Health has recently started a program to give expectant mothers folic acid for free at government facilities.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient's hospital stay ranges from two days to three weeks. The length of stay depends on the healing rate of the wound and will be extended if the patient also undergoes a shunt insertion to treat hydrocephalus. However, shunt insertions are usually performed about one month after this surgery. The patient is continually monitored. If the wound heals and the patient is in a neurologically stable condition, the surgery is considered successful.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Surgery performed within the first days of a child’s life prevents infection and saves the spine and brain from further damage. Early surgery also minimizes the risk of paralysis. Later treatment may save the child's life and prevent further damage.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is moderately risky, and complications depend on the severity of the case.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition. With about one neurosurgeon per 10,000,000 people in East Africa, initial treatment for spina bifida is often unavailable.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the primary option for most types of spina bifida.

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