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Success! Esther from Kenya raised $1,129 to fund treatment of an infection.

Esther
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  • $1,129 raised, $0 to go
$1,129
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Esther's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Esther post-operation

January 18, 2018

Esther underwent treatment of an infection.

Esther’s surgery was successful, and she is recovering well. The surgery she received reduced chances of further infections. She will no longer be in pain and is grateful to have received treatment.

Esther says, “Thank you for supporting me. I am hopeful that soon I will be able to ambulate with ease after total recovery.”

Esther's surgery was successful, and she is recovering well. The surgery she received reduced chances of further infections. She will no lon...

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December 29, 2017

Esther is a casual laborer from Kenya. She is a mother of eight children. Esther is not employed and unable to tend to her small plot of land due to a leg wound.

Esther has a diabetic wound on her left foot. She is not able to walk well or work on her farm.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Esther receive treatment. On January 9, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to eliminate the risk of amputation and enable the wound to heal. This will allow Esther to walk and work freely again. Now, Esther needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure.

Esther says, “I wish I can be able to ambulate with ease so that I can work on my own rather than relying on my son.”

Esther is a casual laborer from Kenya. She is a mother of eight children. Esther is not employed and unable to tend to her small plot of lan...

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Esther's Timeline

  • December 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 03, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Esther's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 09, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Esther received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • January 18, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Esther's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Esther's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,129 for Esther's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,021
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$85
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • 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 and skin grafting are surgical processes 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 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?

Debridement is the removal of dead/damaged tissue skin, and skin grafting is the process of covering damaged areas with healthy skin. Skin grafting involves the transplantation of skin from one body site to another. The transplanted tissue is called a skin graft.

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 skin graft may fail or may become infected.

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 the AMHF partner hospitals, other approaches such as antibiotics and dressing changes have already been tried.

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