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Success! Dorcas from Kenya raised $1,260 for surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Dorcas
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Fully funded
Dorcas's treatment was fully funded on February 3, 2016.

Photo of Dorcas post-operation

March 3, 2016

Dorcas received life-saving brain surgery.

“Dorcas’ craniotomy surgery was a success,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “The tumor was removed and she left for home a happy girl with the hopes of soon regaining her ability to use left limbs.” AMHF also added that “by the time she left she had neither headaches nor seizures. Her siblings were happy that she got treated.”

“This is a big miracle and we cannot thank you enough for being the shoulder we could lean on. We will forever remain indebted to Watsi for the touching and life changing works they are doing,” Dorcas’ aunt told the AMHF staff. “Thank you!!”

“I now will go to school and won’t miss my classes,” Dorcas said.

"Dorcas’ craniotomy surgery was a success," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "The tumor was removed...

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January 28, 2016

“Beautiful, confident, and composed are just a few of the impressions you get when you meet Dorcas,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare foundation (AMHF). Six-year old Dorcas is also one of the brightest pupils in her class, with aspirations to become a pilot.

The last born in a family of five children in Kenya, Dorcas has suffered loss at an early age. At two-months old, Dorcas lost her only then surviving parent - her mother - to a brain tumor. Since then, Dorcas and her siblings are under the care of their elder sister who is only 20 years old.

For three years, Dorcas was healthy, until she developed severe headaches, nosebleeds, and seizures, causing her to miss most of her classes. Her condition progressed until her sister had no choice but to reach out to a relative to bring Dorcas to the hospital, as she had no funds to bring her on her own. There, Dorcas was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“Dorcas is at high risk of increased intra-cranial pressure, which is likely to cause brain damage or even death,” AMHF says. “She is also at risk of losing her eyesight.”

With a small profit made by selling vegetables in a stall near their one room rental house, the family has no additional funds for Dorcas’ treatment, and her symptoms are getting worse. Nearly two weeks ago, Dorcas’ left limbs became numb. Her mobility has become infrequent, and she staggers while she walks.

$1,260 will pay for Dorcas’ brain surgery. AMHF says that with it, “Dorcas will be relieved from experiencing severe headaches, nose bleeds and seizures; she might also regain use of her hand and leg.”

“If only I was informed earlier, maybe it could have been less severe…we are not too late though, Dorcas will be well again. Our plea is for financial help,” says Dorcas’ aunt.

“Beautiful, confident, and composed are just a few of the impressions you get when you meet Dorcas,” shares our medical partner, African Mis...

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Dorcas's Timeline

  • January 28, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dorcas was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • February 1, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dorcas 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.

  • February 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dorcas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 3, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dorcas's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 3, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dorcas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

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