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Julius from Kenya raised $1,500 to treat spinal disc prolapse.

Julius
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Fully funded
Julius's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2015.

Photo of Julius post-operation

November 29, 2015

Julius received treatment for spinal disc prolapse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, reports, “Julius had a successful spinal fusion. The pain is minimal and Julius no longer experiences numbing of his limbs. He is very happy that soon he will be able to work again.”

Julius smiles as he shares, “It has been a difficult few years because of this condition. I am very happy that I have finally been treated and will be able to work soon. May all those who supported me be blessed.”

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, reports, "Julius had a successful spinal fusion. The pain is minimal and Julius ...

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October 18, 2015

“It has been difficult for my wife to support our family alone over the past year,” says Julius, a 37-year-old man who lives with his wife and two young children in Kenya.

“Julius first began having back problems in 2009,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “His limbs often become numb, and he cannot bend or lift anything. If not treated, Julius could suffer permanent nerve damage, and this might render him disabled.”

Julius has a condition known as spinal disc prolapse, commonly known as a slipped disc or herniated disc. Spinal discs sit between adjacent bones (vertebrae) of the spine. When the fibrous outer covering of the disc weakens, the gel-like core expands and contacts a nerve from the spinal cord, causing pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling in the legs.

Julius has not been able to work as a driver since last year because of his condition. To support the family, his wife farms arrowroot to sell and use at home and also works on other farms for additional income.

Doctors recommend surgery—laminectomy, discectomy, and spinal fusion—to cut away a portion of the vertebrae and the prolapsed disc and join the adjacent vertebrae. With $1,500, Julius can undergo back surgery and receive 10 days of hospital care and physiotherapy. “We expect that after treatment and recovery,” says AMHF, “Julius will no longer be in pain or suffer numbness. He will be able work again.”

“I hope to get well soon so that I can work again and provide for my family,” says Julius.

"It has been difficult for my wife to support our family alone over the past year,” says Julius, a 37-year-old man who lives with his wife a...

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Julius's Timeline

  • October 18, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 19, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Julius received treatment. 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.

  • November 02, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Julius's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 04, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Julius's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 29, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Julius. Read the update.

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