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Jayden from Kenya raised $1,151 to fund life-saving spina bifida surgery.

Jayden
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  • $1,151 raised, $0 to go
$1,151
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Fully funded
Jayden's treatment was fully funded on December 2, 2022.

Photo of Jayden post-operation

December 17, 2022

Jayden underwent life-saving spina bifida surgery.

Jayden’s surgery was successful and he underwent a few days close monitoring post-surgery before being discharged home with his mom. While still in the hospital, Jayden’s doctors also diagnosed him with hydrocephalus, so he underwent a surgery to place a shunt that drains excess fluid from his brain.

Jayden’s mother says, “I have believed for a long time that Jayden would be treated and I’m happy that it has happened.”

Jayden’s surgery was successful and he underwent a few days close monitoring post-surgery before being discharged home with his mom. While s...

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June 20, 2022

Jayden is a sweet baby and the last born in a family of 5 children. His parents separated before he was born and his mother does laundry for neighbors to provide for the family.

Shortly after Jayden was born, his mother noticed a large swelling on his back. She did not have the money to take him to a doctor at the time but, when he was seven months old, she took him to the hospital where Jayden was examined and was sent to another facility for a scan.

Unfortunately, the scan was not done because Jayden’s mother could not raise the required amount of money. She shared her plight with her boss who got in touch with one of the ambassadors from BethanyKids hospital in their village. The ambassador reached out to her the following day and helped bring Jayden to the hospital. Upon examination, he was diagnosed with spina bifida and urgent surgery was recommended.

Spina bifida is a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Jayden is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,151 to cover the cost of Jayden’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 21. This procedure will hopefully spare Jayden from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Jayden’s mother says, “I have been praying for a long time for Jayden’s healing and I now believe that he will be treated.”

Jayden is a sweet baby and the last born in a family of 5 children. His parents separated before he was born and his mother does laundry for...

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Jayden's Timeline

  • June 20, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jayden was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 21, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jayden 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.

  • June 22, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jayden's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jayden's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Jayden. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,151 for Jayden'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.