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Success! Abdara from Colombia raised $785 to fund cyst removal surgery so she can grow up healthy.

Abdara
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  • $785 raised, $0 to go
$785
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Abdara's treatment was fully funded on November 22, 2022.
June 6, 2022

Abdara is a sweet four-month-old Venezuelan girl who was born in Colombia. Abdara’s mother moved to Medellin, Colombia around four years ago in search of a better life. Abdara lives with her mother and her four aunts. Abdara’s Aunt Gabriela is the sole provider for their family and she works hard to meet all of their daily needs.

Abdara has been diagnosed with cereberal cysts that need to be removed. Fortunately, she will undergo surgery on July 13th and our medical partner, Clinica Noel, is raising $785 to fund Abdara’s medical care.

Her mother shared, “Please help my little princess. I just hope she has a better future than I. Everyday I pray for a miracle, not being able to pay for her treatment is always in my mind. I feel guilty but then I remember that I’m trying my best and continue fighting in this new country to work and move forward.”

Abdara is a sweet four-month-old Venezuelan girl who was born in Colombia. Abdara's mother moved to Medellin, Colombia around four years ago...

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Abdara's Timeline

  • June 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Abdara was submitted by Sofía Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at Clínica Noel.

  • June 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Abdara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 12, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Abdara was scheduled to receive treatment at Clínica Noel in Colombia. 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 22, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Abdara's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Abdara's treatment update from Clínica Noel.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Teratoma Resection
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $785 for Abdara's treatment
Hospital Fees
$553
Medical Staff
$167
Medication
$65
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

People with teratomas may not show any symptoms at first. Once symptoms develop, they can vary significantly depending on where the tumor is located. General teratoma symptoms may include: pain, bleeding, swelling, and hormone imbalances.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

As the patient grows, the teratoma can grow with it and further impact that part of the body. All teratomas should be removed when discovered. Even if they aren’t cancerous, they can still grow rapidly or rupture, leading to other problems. When located in a visible spot, this can affect a patient's self-esteem and lead to bullying.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment or to travel to the city where they are going to get surgery.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

First, when a patient identifies symptoms they need to visit a pediatric surgeon. The surgical team analyze the best way to approach the whole teratoma for surgical removal.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The impact of this treatment is an improved quality of life. Care will heal the pain and eliminate all the symptoms. Also in cases where the teratoma is visible to others, this treatment will help decrease self-esteem problems.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risk for this treatment is low, but as in any surgery, there’s a risk of bleeding or infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives to this treatment

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Rose is a retried woman who used to work as a junior officer at the county government in Machakos in Kenya. Her husband is also retired, and they both now spend their time farming at their ancestral home to provide food for their family. Together, they have one daughter who is currently attending secondary school. Their family does not have a stable source of income. Rose was involved in a motorbike accident two weeks ago, and she was rushed to a nearby facility. There, she was treated for pain and discharged, but she later developed a blister on her right leg which burst and worsened into a wound. After attempting to clean the wound at home with no improvement, one of Rose's relatives advised her to visit Kijabe Hospital. On June 21st, she visited the facility and underwent two debridement surgeries where they removed damaged and infected tissue in her leg. However, her wound still needs care, as well as skin graft surgery. Due to financial constraints, Rose has not been able to pay for her medical coverage since she retired. She accrued a bill that she has been unable to clear, and as a result, she cannot afford her third procedure. Rose currently experiences pain due to her injury, and she is unable to use her right leg or walk. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Rose receive treatment. On July 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to get rid of the infection and help her walk again. Now, Rose needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Rose shares, “I haven’t been able to walk since the accident. The leg was so swollen and infected. I am scared I might lose my leg if not treated.”

58% funded

58%funded
$697raised
$488to go

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