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Success! Julieta from Colombia raised $1,500 to fund surgery for her birth condition.

Julieta
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Julieta's treatment was fully funded on June 7, 2021.

Photo of Julieta post-operation

July 1, 2021

Julieta underwent surgery for her birth condition.

Julieta had a smooth surgery and came straight out of the operating room smiling! Her corrective surgery successfully restored the function of Julieta’s fingers and prevents further complications as she grows. Julieta’s hands look better in terms of the aesthetic appearance, and she will be able to fully use her hand and feet.

Her mother noticed her baby girl’s happiness right away, “Thank you so much for helping my little princess, I’m really surprised at how good the surgery went, all the kids around were crying but her smile is always out.”

Julieta had a smooth surgery and came straight out of the operating room smiling! Her corrective surgery successfully restored the function ...

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May 31, 2021

Julieta is a five-month-old baby girl from Colombia with an infectious smile and laugh. When she was born, she was diagnosed with amniotic band syndrome, which has limited functionality in her hands and feet.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Clínica Noel, is helping Julieta to receive treatment. On June 28th, she’ll undergo corrective surgery at Clínica Noel’s care center. After surgery, the functionality of Julieta’s hands and feet will improve, and the procedure will prevent vascular congestion in her fingers. Now, Clínica Noel is requesting $1,500 to fund her procedure.

Julieta’s mother shared, “as a mother, you wish your kids never suffer from any problems, but knowing they need treatment and you can’t pay for it just kills you. When I visited Clínica Noel and they told me that Watsi could help us get the money to pay for her surgery, I felt my prayers were heard.”

Julieta is a five-month-old baby girl from Colombia with an infectious smile and laugh. When she was born, she was diagnosed with amniotic b...

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Julieta's Timeline

  • May 31, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Julieta was submitted by Sofía Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at Clínica Noel.

  • June 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Julieta's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Julieta's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Julieta received treatment at Clínica Noel in Colombia. 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.

  • July 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Julieta's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Amniotic Band Syndrome
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $2,278 for Julieta's treatment
Subsidies fund $778 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,145
Medical Staff
$1,035
Medication
$98
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Babies with Amniotic Band Syndrome can have creases, or indentations, around their finger, hand, arm, toe, foot or leg; all or part of a limb missing; swelling (edema) because bands restrict the flow of blood or lymph; a difference in the length of their arms or legs; and, a gap (cleft) or other difference in their head, face, belly or chest.

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

If left untreated, the amniotic bands wrap tighter around the affected limbs or body parts, which can lead to limb deformity, webbed toes or fingers, or defects of the head, face, or spine.

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

In Colombia, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment or to travel to the city where they are going to get surgery.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

When patients are driven to an orthopedist, the doctor orders X-rays to determine the best approach when in surgery. During surgery the doctor removes the extra tissue and restores the blood flow to keep functional extremities.

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

Improves the function of the fingers, prevents vascular congestion of the fingers, improves the aesthetic appearance and functional use of the hand and/or foot.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Vascular injury, loss of finger mobility, and, as in any surgery, there's risk of bleeding and infection.

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

In Colombia, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not other alternatives to this treatment.

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Sarafina

Sarafina is a small scale farmer and a mother of six, with five living children. She shared with us that she attended school up to the first grade when she was young and since has farmed, while her husband is a retired soldier. They own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Their oldest child is now 45 years old and dropped out of school due to mental illness while their youngest recently got married. Sarafina receives a little support from her children and relies on her farm produce to meet her daily needs. For two years, Sarafina has been experiencing lower abdominal pains along with itchy arms. She used herbal medication for the itching but she never got relief. She visited Rugarama Hospital and the scan showed uterine fibroids. Sarafina has stopped farming because she can no longer bend down, and has had to miss some follow-up appointments due to limited funds. Her symptoms have worsened and she has been diagnosed with large uterine leiomyoma. An exam revealed a cervical mass highly suspicious of cervical cancer. If not treated, Sarafina could develop chronic pelvic pain and there is a risk of cancer spreading, poor quality of life due to chronic pain and organ failure. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, but her family cannot afford the surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Sarafina's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Sarafina will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sarafina says, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I am in severe pain and my condition could get worse. I hope to be normal again so that I may get back to farming and taking care of my family.”

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