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Doris is a future doctor from Kenya who needs $1,242 to fund skin infection treatment.

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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

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

  • June 02, 2020

    Doris's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 13, 2020

    Doris was scheduled to receive 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.


    Doris is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Doris's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

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