Meet Lynn, a jovial young girl from Kenya. Lynn is four years old, and lives with her brother, mother, and grandparents.
“Lynn was sleeping in a bed with her aunt when she woke up crying,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “She started vomiting and her grandmother thought she might be coming down with a fever. After a couple of hours, her brother went to sleep on the same bed Lynn had earlier slept in. He woke up crying from a snake bite. That is when Lynn’s grandparents realized that Lynn had also been bitten. They rushed her and her brother to the hospital and they were both treated.”
“Lynn’s mother took out a loan to enable her care for her daughter’s treatment,” AMHF continues. “The family also held a fundraiser to help offset the hospital bills. Lynn’s family is not able to raise the monies needed for her next treatment.”
Lynn has undergone four surgeries, and her doctors believe it a miracle that she survived the snake bite despite the delayed treatment. Currently, she is unable to use her right hand due to a scar contracture on her wrist – the site of the snake bite. She has no range of motion in her hand or wrist. She needs a single contracture release surgery, which will cost $1125.
“If the surgery is not done, Lynn will never be able to use her right hand and this will make it difficult for her to work in future,” AMHF says.
“I know that it is God’s hand that saved my daughter’s life,” shares Lynn’s mother. “The doctors all said that she should have not been alive by the time she reached the hospital because the snake that bit her is very venomous. I want to see her have a normal life and be able to participate fully in school.”
Let’s help Lynn fully recover and regain motion in her hand!