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Success! Doris from Kenya raised $1,242 to fund skin infection treatment.

Doris
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  • $1,242 raised, $0 to go
$1,242
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Doris's treatment was fully funded on August 29, 2020.

Photo of Doris post-operation

August 31, 2020

Doris underwent skin infection treatment.

Doris’ doctors shared that her ulcer excision and closure was successful and went as planned. Doris was discharged and her mother is tending to her surgical dressings. She is recovering well and once recovered, will have an improved quality of life.

Doris said, “May God bless you all. I am happy for the help and treatment I received. I want to be a doctor when I grow up.”

Doris' doctors shared that her ulcer excision and closure was successful and went as planned. Doris was discharged and her mother is tending...

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May 31, 2020

Doris is a 12-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the firstborn in a family of two. Her mother sells boiled eggs in their town to make ends meet. Currently, they are housed in a store-turned house since their house was swept away by floods in the recent heavy rains.

She was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus but was lucky to receive treatment in our partner hospital, Bethany Kids. She, however, started developing pressure ulcers on her gluteal area which would become severe with time. She is in pain and if not treated, there is a risk of severe infection resulting in sepsis.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Doris receive treatment. On June 13th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal her chronic wound. Now, Doris needs help to fund this $1,242 procedure.

Doris shared with us, “I want to be a doctor when I grow up.”

Doris is a 12-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the firstborn in a family of two. Her mother sells boiled eggs in their town to make ends mee...

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Doris's Timeline

  • May 31, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Doris was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 2, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Doris's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Doris received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital 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.

  • August 29, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Doris's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 31, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Doris's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,242 for Doris's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,134
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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