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Success! Joseph from Tanzania raised $1,015 to fund spina bifida treatment.

Joseph
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  • $1,015 raised, $0 to go
$1,015
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$0
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

October 17, 2020

Joseph underwent spina bifida treatment.

Joseph had a successful surgery that has helped correct his underdeveloped spine which was putting him at risk of losing limb mobility and in some cases a serious infection which could also lead to death. Through this treatment, Joseph is now stable and has been undergoing post-surgical care of dressing the wound. HIs surgical site is doing really well showing good healing progress.

Joseph’s mother told us, “God bless you so much for what you have done to our son who needed this treatment but due to financial challenges, we couldn’t afford it. It was not for your help and support our son would still be having this problem. Thank you very much.”

Joseph had a successful surgery that has helped correct his underdeveloped spine which was putting him at risk of losing limb mobility and i...

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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.

  • August 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • October 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 33 donors

Funded by 33 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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Benjamin

Benjamin is a father of a four-year-old child who works as a motorbike (boda-boda) driver, earning about $3.70USD per day. His income is also inconsistent and depends on the availability of customers. He is the sole breadwinner for his family. Unfortunately, he has no active medical insurance coverage and has had to rely on relatives and friends to settle hospital bills. Benjamin is full of smiles but finds it difficult to sit up while sharing his story. He opts to talk while lying flat on his back. Benjamin is currently immobile, unable to sit and walk, as a result of a road traffic accident from the beginning of the month. When the 25-year-old hitched a ride on his friend's water truck, the vehicle lost control and he was thrown out the window. He immediately experienced severe back pain and lost consciousness. The accident left Benjamin with multiple fractures and wounds that will require several fracture repair and spine surgeries in order for him to sit, walk, and be able to continue with his normal routine roles again. After stays at various hospitals and numerous referrals, Benjamin arrived at our medical partner's care center, Kijabe Hospital, for care on July 17th. One of the obstacles to treatment he had faced at other hospitals was a long waiting list that meant a delay in much-needed care, but fortunately Kijabe is able to offer his needed care more urgently. At Kijabe Hospital, the doctors recommended a spinal fusion procedure for him to help regain his mobility. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,500 for Benjamin's critical surgery, scheduled to take place on July 26th. Benjamin shares, “I just sleep on my back and cannot even sit or walk. I cannot work and fend for my family. I need this surgery to get back to my Boda-boda job and raise my family."

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