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Success! Esther from Kenya raised $1,084 to fund colostomy closure surgery to finally heal her condition and allow her to grow in good health.

Esther
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  • $1,084 raised, $0 to go
$1,084
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$0
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Fully funded
Esther's treatment was fully funded on August 18, 2022.

Photo of Esther post-operation

November 1, 2022

Esther underwent colostomy closure surgery to finally heal her condition and allow her to grow in good health.

Our medical partner shared that Esther’s surgery was successful with no complications arising during and after surgery. The colostomy was closed and now she is passing stool well. She has recovered and is almost ready to join school. Her mother has been bringing her for follow up clinics so her doctor can support her full recovery.

Esther’s mother says, “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time and we were not sure that we would make it. We are very grateful to God for bringing us this far.”

Our medical partner shared that Esther’s surgery was successful with no complications arising during and after surgery. The colostomy was cl...

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July 21, 2022

Esther is an adorable two-year-old girl from Kenya who is the only child in her family. Her father used to work in a shop, but he unfortunately lost his job over three months ago. Her mother sells shoes in a local town center to help support their family.

When she was seven months old, Esther began experiencing severe constipation, even going two weeks without passing stool. Her worried parents took her to four different hospitals and received different types of medication, which were all ineffective. Fortunately, one of her aunts heard about her condition and referred her to our medical partner’s care center, Bethanykids Kijabe Hospital. At the hospital, Esther was examined and diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, a condition that causes difficulty passing stool. She began treatment immediately and eventually underwent several surgeries to rectify her condition. These procedures were all funded by her family’s insurance.

One of the surgeries Esther underwent was a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Esther’s case, her colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. However, her family is unable to fund this needed surgery, as their insurance rejected their funding request due to a depletion of funds.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Esther receive treatment. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 25th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. AMHF is requesting $1,084 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Esther.

Esther’s mother says, “As a family, we have gone through a lot with our daughter, but we are grateful to God that the treatment is almost over.”

Esther is an adorable two-year-old girl from Kenya who is the only child in her family. Her father used to work in a shop, but he unfortunat...

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Esther's Timeline

  • July 21, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Esther was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Esther's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Esther 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.

  • August 18, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Esther's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Esther's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

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

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Ashin Mala is a 30-year-old monk who lives in a monastery in Karen State, Burma. He became a monk a year ago. As a monk, Ashin usually doesn’t have the right to save money and keep cash. But sometimes, worshippers donate some money, and he keeps it to use just in case. The monastery usually provides him two meals a day donated by the Buddhist followers. In October, one day, he visited a house of a member of ethnic armed group in the village. A kid was playing with a pistol and accidentally shot the gun in the wall. Unfortunately, the bullet ricocheted and hit his left eye. The villagers sent Ashin Mala to Myawaddy General Hospital immediately. At the hospital, an X-ray was done and showed that a piece of the bullet had entered below his right eyeball. The doctors stitched the gunshot wound and gave some medications. There was no ophthalmologist at hospital. Ashin visited the hospital regularly and got wound dressing as well as medication to relieve pain. But the pain didn’t go away. He has lost sight in his left eye. Pain and itchiness, and sometimes a burning sensation, is present in the right eye and surrounding area. Hot tears are coming out from both eyes during blinking occasionally whenever he reads book for a long time. Due to the lack of ophthalmologist, he was provided only with medications and eyedrops. Now doctors want Ashin Mala to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ashin Mala's CT scan and care, scheduled for December 9th. Ashin Mala said, "I don’t want to blame anyone. It is my destiny. I am not sure my condition can be treated or not. But I am so happy to be treated here because I think I can have better health care here than in Burma. I don’t expect complete recovery, but it will be great if I can see with both eyes. In the future, I want to learn more about Dhamma and hope to attend Buddha University in the future."

31% funded

31%funded
$130raised
$284to go

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