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Success! Mohamed from Kenya raised $1,097 to fund spina bifida closure.

  • $1,097 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Mohamed's treatment was fully funded on December 17, 2017.

Photo of Mohamed post-operation

August 17, 2017

Mohamed underwent spina bifida closure.

The surgery to repair the open defect was successful. The chances of infection or further complication have been minimized.

“Thank you very much for your generous gift. It is scary fighting this condition but with the encouragement I have gotten, I feel relieved. The financial support was a big sigh of relief and is greatly appreciated. Thanks again,” says Mohamed’s mother.

The surgery to repair the open defect was successful. The chances of infection or further complication have been minimized. “Thank you v...

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June 16, 2017

Mohamed is a one-week-old baby from Kenya. Mohamed’s mother tends to the house while Mohamed’s father takes up work on farms whenever he can. Mohamed was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, which is a condition that prevents her spinal cord from developing properly.

Because of her condition, Mohamed is currently at risk of infection, malformation of the spinal cord, loss of muscular function in her lower limbs, and trauma. Immediate surgery was recommended in order to give Mohamed the best chance at evading these negative effects.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,097 to fund the spina bifida closure surgery that Mohamed needs. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 19 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Mohamed to continue along a healthy developmental trajectory.

Mohamed’s mother says, “It was the most unexpected news we ever thought we could receive but we have peace now that there is treatment.”

Mohamed is a one-week-old baby from Kenya. Mohamed's mother tends to the house while Mohamed's father takes up work on farms whenever he can...

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Mohamed's Timeline

  • June 16, 2017

    Mohamed was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 19, 2017

    Mohamed received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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.

  • June 29, 2017

    Mohamed's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2017

    Mohamed's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 17, 2017

    Mohamed's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Spina Bifida Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,097 for Mohamed's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The patient has a mass or lesion on the back that leaks cerebral spinal fluid, which puts him or her at risk of infection.

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

Spina bifida can cause incontinence, bladder and kidney damage, and paralysis and numbness in the lower limbs, bladder, and sphincter. It can also lead to hydrocephalus as a result of disturbance to the fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus can lead to cognitive dysfunction, blindness, and death.

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

Spina bifida is more common in developing countries due to improper and inadequate nutrition. Foods containing folic acid are scarce, and food is not fortified. In Kenya, however, the Ministry of Health has recently started a program to give expectant mothers folic acid for free at government facilities.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient's hospital stay ranges from two days to three weeks. The length of stay depends on the healing rate of the wound and will be extended if the patient also undergoes a shunt insertion to treat hydrocephalus. However, shunt insertions are usually performed about one month after this surgery. The patient is continually monitored. If the wound heals and the patient is in a neurologically stable condition, the surgery is considered successful.

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

Surgery performed within the first days of a child’s life prevents infection and saves the spine and brain from further damage. Early surgery also minimizes the risk of paralysis. Later treatment may save the child's life and prevent further damage.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is moderately risky, and complications depend on the severity of the case.

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

There are few quality care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition. With about one neurosurgeon per 10,000,000 people in East Africa, initial treatment for spina bifida is often unavailable.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the primary option for most types of spina bifida.

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