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Samuel is a 21-year-old from Kenya who needs $1,084 to fund surgery to close a colostomy and live a more independent life.

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November 10, 2022

Samuel is a 21-year-old talkative young man. He is the second born in a family of five children. His father passed away when he was four years old, so his mother had to raise him and his siblings by herself. She does jobs on tea farms to provide for the family.

When Samuel was two years old, his abdomen started to swell, which was very painful for him. His mother took him to the hospital and he was given some medication and sent back home. The medication did not work as expected. He was then taken to a different hospital for examination. He was given more medication and after some time he seemed to be better. The stomachache did not go away completely, however.

Samuel and his mother shared that over the years, he has had stomachaches and gotten used to taking pain medication. In 2017 when Samuel was in high school, the pain worsened and his abdomen started to swell again. He had to leave school as a result. His mother took him to a hospital in Meru where he was admitted for three months. While in the hospital, scans and a biopsy were done to determine what the problem was. He was given a colostomy, where the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall, in order to pass stool. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Samuel’s case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications.

At that time, his doctors did not manage to treat him and referred him to BethanyKids Hospital in 2018. On arrival, he was examined and admitted, as he was not in good condition. After more scans and tests, he was ultimately diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease. Since then, Samuel has undergone several surgeries with the aim of trying to better his condition. The first surgery failed, but the second was successful. He is now scheduled to undergo his last surgery to close the colostomy so that he can pass stool on his own again and live a more active life.

Earlier in his treatment, Samuel’s parents had enrolled in the national health insurance program (NHIF), which helped them pay for most of his hospital bills. BethanyKids also chipped in on occasion to help with some of the bills. Unfortunately, for his last surgery, NHIF has rejected the request since he is beyond the age to be covered by his mother’s insurance.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping him to undergo treatment and needs $1,084 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Samuel. The surgery is scheduled to take place on November 11th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Samuel’s Mother says, “For years now, I have been very worried about my son, but God has seen us through.”

Samuel is a 21-year-old talkative young man. He is the second born in a family of five children. His father passed away when he was four yea...

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Samuel's Timeline

  • November 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 11, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Samuel 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.

  • November 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Samuel is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Samuel's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Colostomy Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,084 for Samuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$810
Medical Staff
$48
Medication
$32
Supplies
$137
Labs
$5
Other
$52

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