Festus is a three-month-old infant from Kenya who needs $1,151 to fund spina bifida surgery.

Festus
$395
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$756
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Festus's story

March 19, 2024

Festus's Timeline

  • March 19, 2024
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Festus was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 20, 2024
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Festus was scheduled to receive 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.

  • March 21, 2024
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Festus's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Festus is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    UPDATE IN PROGRESS

    Festus's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare is in progress.

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