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Merlin from Kenya raised $1,231 to fund hip surgery.

Merlin
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  • $1,231 raised, $0 to go
$1,231
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$0
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Fully funded
Merlin's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2019.
February 16, 2020

Merlin underwent hip surgery, but with a change in treatment plan.

We received an update from our medical partner that Merlin’s surgeon attempted the hip surgery as planned, however he shared, “I encountered lots of scar tissue and marked adhesions. It took me more than an hour to define capsule and clean away the muscle overlying it. I found a destroyed acetabulum with almost no normal looking tissue; at this point, I made the decision that the best course of action was to abandon the procedure. I applied a distal femur traction pin for traction then did (EUA) Examination under Anesthesia, and checked to see if the reduction was possible. I found that it was not reducible. After a team discussion, I decided to complete the case at this point and rather let her hip be as it is for possible future valgus osteotomy.”

We received an update from our medical partner that Merlin's surgeon attempted the hip surgery as planned, however he shared, “I encountered...

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October 7, 2019

Merlin is the 2nd and last born in the family. She hails from Mathare in Nairobi County. She is a pre-primary pupil at Mathare primary school. She was brought to our hospital by her mother and a community health worker from within their region.

Merlin’s mother is a single parent and a casual labourer. She washes clothes does any household job that she can find which earns about $3 to $5 a day.

Merlin was born normal however her mother noticed a swelling on her hip. She was taken to a hospital within Mathare where she underwent for treatment. Later she fell and was taken to Kenyatta National hospital and surgery was done on her right foot. Since then, the condition has never improved and Merlin has been experiencing pain and discomfort as she walks.

Her mother came to CURE for a consultation where the x-ray indicated that Merlin’s right hip is dislocated. She was booked to fix her right hip dislocation. She currently limps as she walks and also feels pain. This has affected her while going to school and sometimes forces her to stay at home. Merlin’s mother cannot raise the estimated bill and thus requested help from Watsi and CURE as well.

“I am pleading to CURE and Watsi to help my daughter undergo surgery so that she can walk well,” Melvin’s mother pleaded.

Merlin is the 2nd and last born in the family. She hails from Mathare in Nairobi County. She is a pre-primary pupil at Mathare primary schoo...

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Merlin's Timeline

  • October 7, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 10, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Merlin received treatment at AIC Cure International 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.

  • October 16, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Merlin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Merlin's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Merlin. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Open/Closed Hip Reduction
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,231 for Merlin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$136
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$291
Supplies
$427
Labs
$37
Radiology
$27

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$841raised
$304to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Clement

Clement is a small-scale farmer from Kenya. He was born and raised in a small village called Bugar where most of the people living in the area are farmers or find other casual jobs. He is married and has six children: two girls, and four boys. He did not attend school and communicates only in his mother tongue, called Keiyo. His family lives in a small mud house with a thatched roof and grows their food from their small farm, which mostly consists of maize and beans. Last week, Clement sustained a severe injury on his right leg after he was involved in a road traffic accident while going to the market. He was a passenger on a motorcycle that lost control and fell into a ditch leaving him and the rider with severe injuries. They were rushed to a nearby hospital where they received first aid and were later referred to our medical partner's care center for treatment. An X-ray revealed an open right tibia fibula fracture. Quickly Clement was rushed to the operating theatre for surgical debridement of wounds and casting. He was admitted to the hospital and is awaiting fracture surgery. He is unable to walk and is in great pain. Clement likes spending his days on his farm and as the breadwinner of the family, he's now feeling distressed because he can’t provide for them due to his condition. He is worried about the obstacles his family would face if his leg is not treated, having also been diagnosed with arthritis. The family doesn’t have funds to pay for his surgery and he's appealing for support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 6th, Clement will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will reduce his pain and help him walk easily again. After complete recovery, he will be able to resume his work and support his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund his treatment to help him heal. Clement says, “I want to be pain-free and healthy. I hope to be happy again and have a good life. My family needs me the most.”

73% funded

73%funded
$841raised
$304to go