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Success! Erick from Tanzania raised $1,015 to fund spina bifida surgery.

Erick
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  • $1,015 raised, $0 to go
$1,015
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Erick's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2020.

Photo of Erick post-operation

December 29, 2020

Erick underwent spina bifida surgery.

Erick has had a successful surgery to heal his spina bifida condition. Through this treatment, Erick has been saved from the danger of having his spine infected or injured, which could have led to a bigger complication or even death. He is currently doing very well and is having regular changing of his dressings on the surgical wound to ensure he fully heals.

Erick told us, “Thank you very much for helping me, you people have good hearts and may God bless you very much.”

Erick has had a successful surgery to heal his spina bifida condition. Through this treatment, Erick has been saved from the danger of havin...

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September 27, 2020

Erick is a 15-year-old student from Tanzania and the third born in a family of five children. He is a smart, kind, and friendly boy who is currently at school of people with learning disabilities. Erick was born with spina bifida which has resulted in him not being able to stand or walk and this is because the condition was never corrected. His parents didn’t know what to do or where to go to seek treatment for their son due to financial challenges. They have no stable source of income other than seeking casual laboring jobs were they are able to get money to buy basics and little commodities.

Erick was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Erick is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Erick’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 28th. This procedure will hopefully spare Erick from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Erick shared hopefully, “If I have my back corrected and heal, I will go back to school and work hard to be the best tailor so that I can work by myself and help my family.”

Erick is a 15-year-old student from Tanzania and the third born in a family of five children. He is a smart, kind, and friendly boy who is c...

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Erick's Timeline

  • September 27, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 28, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Erick 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.

  • September 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Erick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Erick's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Erick's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Repair (Alone)
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,015 for Erick's treatment
Hospital Fees
$804
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$51
Labs
$60
Other
$49

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Daw Mya

Daw Mya is a 59-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter, granddaughter, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson in Yangon, Burma. Daw Mya is currently too ill to work, but her daughter works as a seamstress in a factory. Her granddaughter goes to school, her son is a taxi driver, her daughter-in-law looks after their son at home. Her daughter and her son both help look after Daw Mya and try to support her as best they can. Daw Mya was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Daw Mya feels tired and experiences heart palpitations with chest pain. She has no appetite and cannot sleep well at night, and both of her legs are swollen. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Mya. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 21st and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Mya said, “I want to get better soon so that I can help my family. I want to help them because my daughter-in-law is always looking after me and her child [my grandson], so she cannot work. If I can look after the household chores and take care of the family, they can go to work and earn more income for our family. I cannot go anywhere because of my condition. They always take care of me and they spend too much of their money on me.”

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$1,209raised
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