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

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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.

  • October 10, 2019

    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

    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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