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

  • $1,231 raised, $0 to go
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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

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

  • October 10, 2019

    Merlin received treatment at AIC Cure International 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.

  • October 16, 2019

    Merlin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2019

    Merlin's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2020

    We received an update on Merlin. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Open/Closed Hip Reduction
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,231 for Merlin's treatment
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Mu Hee

Mu Hee is a 23-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her parents, older brother, sister in-law, three nephews and three nieces in a refugee camp. Mu Hee’s older brother is the sole income earner in their family. He works as a nurse in the camp’s hospital, which is run by International Rescue Committee (IRC). Mu Hee’s parents and her sister in-law look after the household chores. Mu Hee’s nieces and nephews are students and Mu Hee is a Bible school student. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, she has been studying online in the refugee camp. Her teachers support her school fees and food. In her free time, Mu Hee likes to play with her nieces and nephews. She also loves to listen to music and sing. When Mu Hee was 14 years old, she began to experience severe abdominal pain. The first time it occurred, her father called a medic who lived close to their house, and the medic gave her an injection. She felt better after the injection, but continued to feel unwell every month. When she was 15, her father took her to the clinic in the camp to check whether Mu Hee had a serious illness in her abdomen, but the medic could not find any problem. Mu Hee's pain continued and she continued to receive treatment to help, but she did not think that her condition was serious because she had heard from her friends that some women experienced pain during the first day of their period. In early 2020, Mu Hee spoke about this condition with a staff member from a nearby clinic and with one of her teachers. Both urged her to get a check-up, and in February 2020, Mu Hee went to a clinic and a medic found a mass in her left ovary. Doctors have tried to treat her with medications for almost a year, but the mass has continued to grow. During a follow-up appointment in January 2021, the doctor told her that she would need surgery. Recently, Mu Hee has experienced pain in the left side of her lower abdomen almost every day. The pain is on and off and she feels most uncomfortable when running or walking, especially over long distances. She also experiences some pain as she does other basic daily tasks. Mu Hee sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery, and she is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Mu Hee said, “The first time when I heard that I have a mass in my ovary, I felt very sad. I am also worried that the mass might be cancerous. I think about my condition very often, but my parents are very supportive, and they encourage me not to be afraid. I believe that I will no longer experience pain after surgery.”

86% funded

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