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Success! Margreth from Tanzania raised $874 to fund burn repair surgery.

Margreth
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Fully funded
Margreth's treatment was fully funded on December 6, 2020.

Photo of Margreth post-operation

December 11, 2020

Margreth underwent life-changing burn treatment.

Margreth’s surgery went well! She had both of her axillar and elbow released and she is currently recovering well. She is still receiving daily dressings to keep her skin clean and her post-surgical wounds are healing.

Through this surgery, Margreth will be able to straighten her hand and use it in her daily life without the limitations she was going through due to the burn contracture. This surgery has also helped save her from discrimination due to disability, and gives her a chance to lead a full life. Her mother said she will now probably be able to join school next year.

Margreth’s mother told us, “Thank you very much for funding our daughter’s treatment cost. We are relieved she will now be able to use her hand to carry out her daily activities with ease.”

Margreth’s surgery went well! She had both of her axillar and elbow released and she is currently recovering well. She is still receiving da...

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October 11, 2020

Margreth is a six-year-old girl and the second-born child in a family of six children in Tanzania. She is a hard-working girl despite being young and not being able to straighten her left hand after being involved in a fire accident two years ago.

Margreth helps look after her younger siblings when her parents are out working on the farm. Her parents say she has not had a chance to join school in fear of discrimination due to her disability. Her parents are small-scale farmers and livestock keepers. They depend entirely on what they harvest from the farm for a living and sometimes they are able to sell milk from their cattle.

In 2018, Margreth was sitting around the fireplace warming herself with her siblings when her Maasai clothing caught fire. Margreth panicked and started running crying for help when her grandmother and mother came to her rescue and put the fire out by taking her clothes off. She had sustained severe burns around her belly and the left hand. She was rushed to the district hospital where she was admitted for six months for treatment. The cost of her treatment made her parents sell almost all of their cattle in order to settle the bill. She healed but now she is unable to straighten her left hand which is limiting her in carrying out her daily life activities. She needs to have her hand-corrected, but her parents can’t afford the cost thus they are asking for support.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Margreth receive treatment. On October 12th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so she will be able to utilize her hand with greater ease. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure.

Margreth’s mother says: “Life would be easier for our daughter if she is able to have this surgery. Our problem is that we can’t afford the treatment cost. If it’s possible please help our daughter.”

Margreth is a six-year-old girl and the second-born child in a family of six children in Tanzania. She is a hard-working girl despite being ...

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Margreth's Timeline

  • October 11, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 12, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Margreth received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • October 12, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Margreth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 6, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Margreth's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Margreth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Contracture Release and Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $874 for Margreth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$660
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$11
Supplies
$127
Labs
$14
Other
$42

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