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Success! John from Kenya raised $777 to fund burn treatment.

John
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$777
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$0
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Fully funded
John's treatment was fully funded on July 5, 2020.

Photo of John post-operation

July 8, 2020

John underwent burn treatment.

John’s procedure was successful. The non-viable burned tissues have been removed thereby preventing infection and sepsis. The surgeon now recommends another procedure, a skin graft, after which John’s quality of life will be greatly improved.

John shared, “I have enjoyed every bit of my time in the ward and am grateful that Watsi funded my treatment. I am looking forward to enjoying a normal life once my next procedure is completed.”

John’s procedure was successful. The non-viable burned tissues have been removed thereby preventing infection and sepsis. The surgeon now re...

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May 25, 2020

John is a 45-year-old man who is married with 5 children (20yrs, 16yrs, 11yrs, 9yrs, and 7yrs). Two of his children are in a secondary school and the youngest three are in a public primary school. John withdrew from the school while he was in eighth grade as a result of financial problems. His other siblings also did not continue due to the same problem. He and his siblings are all manual laborers for survival. John is not financially stable. His father passed away and he lives with his elderly mother.

John farms khat and some cash crops and his wife helps on the farm. Through their both efforts, they are able to make enough to support their family as well as their aged mother. John and his family, live in a small timber house, within his father’s homeland. During the COVID 19 pandemic, no khat business is going on, which means the economy is very low.

John is an epileptic and he arrived at the hospital with back burns which have resulted in a chronic wound. During the interview, he said that he fell on the hot charcoal cooker while preparing tea after suffering an epileptic episode. He was taken to a private clinic for burn dressing. Within a few days, his condition deteriorated and he was referred to a surgeon, who recommended him for debridement to treat his would. A lack of treatment will lead to wound infection and continued bleeding.

John is a 45-year-old man who is married with 5 children (20yrs, 16yrs, 11yrs, 9yrs, and 7yrs). Two of his children are in a secondary schoo...

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John's Timeline

  • May 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    John was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • May 26, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    John received treatment at Maua Methodist Hospital. 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.

  • May 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    John's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 05, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    John's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 08, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    John's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Debridement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $777 for John's treatment
Hospital Fees
$375
Medical Staff
$205
Medication
$127
Supplies
$56
Labs
$14
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Symptoms include burns, open wound, pain, and inability/difficulty in walking, infection, scarring, and disfigurement. Debridement is a surgical process used to treat serious wounds and burns.

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

The condition involves an open wound, pain, and inability or difficulty in walking. The wound affects the ability to work, study, or perform normal daily tasks.

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

Damaged skin and wounds are common in Kenya due to poor living conditions. Families use open flames for cooking and warmth, leading to burns. Traumatic wounds from farming accidents, road accidents, and violence are also common. Poorly controlled diabetes, an emerging problem, also causes infection and skin breakdown.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Refer to the AMH Treatment process document.

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

Treatment heals the wound and restores normal functioning.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The risks of treatment are limited. The is always a potential risk of infection post-surgery.

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

There are few quality centers in developing countries. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Amputation, if treatment is delayed. Usually, by the time the patient has come to one of Watsi's Medical Partner AMH Care Centers, other approaches such as antibiotics and dressing changes have already been tried.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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