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Success! Peter from Kenya raised $1,165 for tethered cord release surgery.

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Peter's treatment was fully funded on September 26, 2016.

Photo of Peter post-operation

October 26, 2016

Peter received successful spinal surgery.

Doctors performed a tethered cord release, during which they “unstuck” his spinal cord. This surgery greatly minimized Peter’s risk of developing spinal cord cysts. Hopefully, he will no longer live with pain and discomfort. As Peter grows, he will visit doctors regularly to prevent re-tethering of his spinal cord.

“I can’t start to describe the happiness and the good change this has brought to our family,” says Peter’s mother. “We would not have made it without your kind deed of funding for Peter’s treatment. Thank you so much.”

Doctors performed a tethered cord release, during which they "unstuck" his spinal cord. This surgery greatly minimized Peter's risk of devel...

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August 21, 2016

Peter is a two-year-old boy living in Kenya with his parents and five older siblings in a two-roomed house. His father is a public transportation driver while his mother sells vegetables in an open air market. Peter loves to play, and is able to keep himself entertained with his imagination.

Peter has a painful and swollen mass on his back that worsens with physical activity. His mother says that he hates getting dressed in the morning due to the pain. He is unable to sleep on his back, and his swelling is sensitive to light touch and pressure. Peter’s parents took him to a local clinic for further evaluation. Using imaging from an MRI, he was diagnosed with tethered spinal cord syndrome.

Tethered Cord (TC) is a disorder in which the spinal cord is “stuck” to a structure within the spine such as dura, scar tissue from a previous operation, a bony spicule or even a tumor. Although most cases are congenital, the condition may not become symptomatic until later in life as the cord continues to grow and lengthen.

Peter’s doctors recommended he have surgical intervention to release the tethered cord, and significantly reduce his risk for numbness in his lower limbs and unsteady gait. The total cost of the procedure is $1,165, and covers the procedure, medications, supplies, five days of inpatient care, and three days of physical therapy. Peter’s family needs financial assistance in completing payment, as his parents have already exhausted their savings on the MRI for Peter’s diagnosis.

“I do not know how to ease the pain my son is in,” explains Peter’s mother, “but I wish and pray that it will be well with him, and that he will grow up normal with no pain at all.” Following his surgery and physical therapy, Peter is expected to have his back pain completely resolved and resume normal development for his age.

Peter is a two-year-old boy living in Kenya with his parents and five older siblings in a two-roomed house. His father is a public transport...

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Peter's Timeline

  • August 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 25, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Peter received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH).

  • September 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Peter's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 26, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Peter's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 26, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Peter's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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