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.

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Esther's treatment was fully funded on August 18, 2022.
  • Esther's story
  • Esther's update
July 21, 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 cl...

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Esther's Timeline

  • July 21, 2022

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

  • July 21, 2022

    Esther's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 15, 2022

    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

    Esther's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 1, 2022

    Esther's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

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Sothany is a 23-year-old woman who lives with her mother and father in the Prey Veng province of Cambodia, where her parents are rice farmers. She has four brothers and four sisters. When Sothany was younger, her parents noticed that her spine was not straight; however, they could not afford proper healthcare for her. As she has grown up, she has had more noticeable changes, including uneven hips and shoulders, prominent ribs, and a shift of her waist and torso to the side. For the past few years, Sothany's disability has increasingly affected her breathing as her rib cage presses against the lungs, making it more difficult to breathe. Sothany is very self-conscious about her spinal deformity and limited mobility. As a result, she quit her job in a clothes factory and stays home with her mother. She makes homemade videos to sell lotions and creams on social media. Her parents first heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in early 2020. However, they were unable to travel due to COVID pandemic travel restrictions. Today, Sothany's symptoms have greatly increased including muscle imbalance, pain, and difficulty breathing. Sothany and her parents traveled for two and a half hours to our medical partner to seek intervention for her disability. Sothany will undergo a posterior spinal fusion with implants at CSC's care center on August 1st. Sothany is contributing $100 to pay for her care, and CSC is requesting the remaining $1500 to fund the procedure. This will cover radiology, medications, surgery, and post-op physiotherapy care. Sothany said, "After surgery, I hope my spine will be straight. I want to walk with my friends and not have hard breathing, work to support myself, and not be ashamed of my back."

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