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Success! Mishel from Kenya raised $1,151 to fund spina bifida closure surgery so she can grow up healthy.

Mishel
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  • $1,151 raised, $0 to go
$1,151
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Mishel's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2022.

Photo of Mishel post-operation

March 14, 2022

Mishel underwent spina bifida closure surgery so she can grow up healthy.

Mishel’s surgery was successful and she is doing really well! After her surgery she stayed in the hospital for the doctors to monitor her closely before being discharged back home with her family. Her mother will be bringing her back for follow-up clinics to keep supporting her recovery and healthy development.

Mishel’s mother was relieved for her care and said: “We are happy for the surgery and we believe that she will be fine.”

Mishel’s surgery was successful and she is doing really well! After her surgery she stayed in the hospital for the doctors to monitor her cl...

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January 18, 2022

Mishel is a new baby and the youngest in her family of three children. She is less than a week old. Her family was referred to our medical partner from western Kenya where she was born. Her mother is dedicated full time to raising their kids and taking care of the family and her father is the sole breadwinner who works whenever he can find jobs at construction sites.

Their family has a small farm where they tend food crops for home use. They depend on the produce from the farm and the income from her father’s work for survival. They don’t have medical insurance coverage and need support for an urgent procedure for Mishel.

Mishel is only four days old and delicately sleeps in her mother’s hands while talking with our local Watsi representative. Mishel was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Mishel is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. She was immediately referred to BethanyKids Hospital for review and possible treatment. She is currently scheduled for surgery to avert the risks she faces without treatment.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,151 to cover the cost of Mishel’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 19th. This procedure will hopefully spare Mishel from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Mishel mother says, “Look at the peaceful beauty sleeping, she deserves to grow up as healthy baby.”

Mishel is a new baby and the youngest in her family of three children. She is less than a week old. Her family was referred to our medical p...

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Mishel's Timeline

  • January 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mishel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mishel 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.

  • January 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mishel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mishel's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mishel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,151 for Mishel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$889
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$82
Supplies
$0
Labs
$126
Other
$54
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The patient has a mass or lesion on the back that leaks cerebral spinal fluid, which puts him or her at risk of infection.

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

Spina bifida can cause incontinence, bladder and kidney damage, and paralysis and numbness in the lower limbs, bladder, and sphincter. It can also lead to hydrocephalus as a result of disturbance to the fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus can lead to cognitive dysfunction, blindness, and death.

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

Spina bifida is more common in developing countries due to improper and inadequate nutrition. Foods containing folic acid are scarce, and food is not fortified. In Kenya, however, the Ministry of Health has recently started a program to give expectant mothers folic acid for free at government facilities.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient's hospital stay ranges from two days to three weeks. The length of stay depends on the healing rate of the wound and will be extended if the patient also undergoes a shunt insertion to treat hydrocephalus. However, shunt insertions are usually performed about one month after this surgery. The patient is continually monitored. If the wound heals and the patient is in a neurologically stable condition, the surgery is considered successful.

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

Surgery performed within the first days of a child’s life prevents infection and saves the spine and brain from further damage. Early surgery also minimizes the risk of paralysis. Later treatment may save the child's life and prevent further damage.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is moderately risky, and complications depend on the severity of the case.

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

There are few quality care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition. With about one neurosurgeon per 10,000,000 people in East Africa, initial treatment for spina bifida is often unavailable.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the primary option for most types of spina bifida.

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