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Success! Ivan from Tanzania raised $639 for contracture release surgery to enable him to play again.

Ivan
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  • $639 raised, $0 to go
$639
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ivan's treatment was fully funded on September 17, 2021.

Photo of Ivan post-operation

October 6, 2021

Ivan underwent surgery to enable him to play and run.

Ivan’s surgery to release his webbed toes on his right foot went well! He had his big toe and the next toe released successfully. He is currently having his dressings changed regularly and is healing well. He will need one last surgery to help free his remaining toe.

Ivan’s mother says, “You have been of great help and support to me and son, without your intervention my son wouldn’t have had this surgery. Thank you very much.”

Ivan’s surgery to release his webbed toes on his right foot went well! He had his big toe and the next toe released successfully. He is curr...

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September 1, 2021

Ivan is a three-year-old boy and the only child of his single mother, though his father has three other children with his wife. Ivan and his mother live at his grandparent’s home. Ivan’s grandparents are small scale farmers growing mainly maize, vegetables, and green bananas. Ivan’s mother helps her parents in farming to be able to also provide and care for her son.

Ivan was born with a congenital deformity of his toes where they are webbed together. This year, it has been hard for Ivan to play and do all the things his friends like to do.

Fortunately, our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation is helping Ivan receive treatment. On September 2nd, surgeons at their care center will perform a surgery so he will no longer be in pain. Now, his family needs help to fund this $639 procedure.

Ivan’s mother says,”I am not able to afford my son’s treatment cost please help him have his toes corrected. He is complaining of pain more as days go by.”

Ivan is a three-year-old boy and the only child of his single mother, though his father has three other children with his wife. Ivan and his...

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Ivan's Timeline

  • September 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ivan received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ivan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ivan's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 6, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ivan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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

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Naw En

Naw En is a 31-year-old woman who lives with her husband, two sons and parents in a village in Karen State near the border of Burma and Thailand. Her husband and parents are subsistence farmers. Naw En is a village health worker, and her two sons are primary school students in the village. Although she earns around 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) per month to support her family, she does whatever she can to only charge the villagers she treats for medications provided. Those who cannot afford to pay for the cost of medications are provided medication free of charge. Her family also raises chickens and pigs for their family to eat. The income Naw En earns is just enough to cover their daily expenses, but they have to borrow money to pay for anything else, like basic health care. Naw En learned she was pregnant last August 2021. She went to register her pregnancy at nearby Hlaingbwe Hospital, but the doctor told her to go to Hpa-An General Hospital when she told them that she had high blood pressure and previously needed a c-section delivery. When she went to Hpa-An General Hospital, a nurse told her to go to Taw Win Thu Ka Hospital because they were understaffed due to the coup and humanitarian crisis in their area. Finally, she then registered her pregnancy at Taw Win Thu Ka Hospital last November and received an ultrasound, blood test and urine test. The doctor gave her monthly follow-up appointments to check her high blood pressure and to check that her baby is in the right position. In January, Naw En learned that she will have a girl. “I was very happy to hear this as I already have two sons,” she said. Her doctor has now told her that she will need another c-section to ensure a safe delivery and unable to come up with the money needed, Naw En called her friend who works in Mae Sot to ask for help. Her friend told her about our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and that she may be able to find assistance in accessing her treatment. Currently, Naw En is taking medication for high blood pressure and feels tired when she walks. She can feel her baby kicking. When her blood pressure is high, she feels dizzy. She feels stressed each time she has to travel to the hospital, as it is located four hours from her home and cost 60,000 kyat (approx. 60 USD) just for the round-trip transportation. She is also worried about the cost of her c-section and that they would have to borrow money if they cannot find donors. In the future, she will continue to work as a village health worker. In her free times, she loves to spend time with her two sons and play with them. Naw En said, “I was happy when BCMF staff told me that donors will help pay for my c-section. Thank you so much to the donors for reliving me of my worries.” She also added, “I am very happy and excited to have a baby girl!”

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$781raised
$547to go

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