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Joseph is a newborn baby from Tanzania who needs $1,015 to fund spina bifida treatment.

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August 9, 2020

Joseph is a two-month-old baby boy from Tanzania.

He is the last born of his mother who has eight children. His father is polygamous with two wives, Joseph’s mother being the first wife. The second wife has five children making a family of fourteen children. Four children in the family have been able to join school but the rest have not had a chance to attend yet. Joseph’s older siblings who do not go to school help their parents to look after their cattle of five cows and five goats. Both parents depend on small-scale farming of maize, beans, and vegetable for their food and they are able to sell a goat once in a while to be able to get money to buy other commodities.

Joseph was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Joseph is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Joseph’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 10th and will hopefully spare Joseph from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Joseph’s mother shared, “The money needed to pay our son’s surgery cost is too high for us to afford, kindly help us.”

Joseph is a two-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the last born of his mother who has eight children. His father is polygamous wit...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • August 9, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 10, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Joseph was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • August 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Joseph is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Joseph's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Repair (Alone)
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,015 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$804
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$51
Labs
$60
Other
$49

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