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Success! Kevin from Kenya raised $1,049 to fund emergency hand surgery.

Kevin
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  • $1,049 raised, $0 to go
$1,049
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$0
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Fully funded
Kevin's treatment was fully funded on January 4, 2021.

Photo of Kevin post-operation

January 11, 2021

Kevin underwent emergency hand surgery.

Kevin had successful surgery and both his mother and grandmother were very grateful when he was able to head home. The treatment has brought back Kevin’s playful nature now that he is free of casts and arm slings. Once Kevin is fully recovered he can continue his studies in January when schools reopen.

“I do not have enough words to thank Watsi for helping us with my son’s surgery, all I can do is pray that God blesses them. I also want to thank the ward staff for ensuring our stay in the hospital was smooth. I look forward to my son growing up to become a strong and hardworking man,” Kevin’s mother remarked.

Kevin had successful surgery and both his mother and grandmother were very grateful when he was able to head home. The treatment has brought...

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December 16, 2020

Kevin is a very playful 5-year-old from Kiambu County, Kenya. He is the only child to his mother, and was born when she was 17 years old so they decided to give him his grandmother’s surname. His mother has been able to find casual jobs like working in neighbors farms and washing clothes. They also depend on Kevins’ grandmother who is a small scale farmer.

Last week, while playing, Kevin slipped and fell. He sustained a closed fracture of his left hand (radius and ulna) and is unable to move his hand. He was brought to the hospital and the doctor advised he needs an ORIF procedure to correct the fractures. Kevin’s mother and grandmother could not raise the fee required and need help. If not treated Kevins’ hand may heal with a deformity or may have delayed healing or malunion.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 17th, Kevin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This surgery will help him move his hand easily, reduce the pain and be free from future complications. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure.

“My child had just started school and I had high hopes of seeing him grow up like other children. I kindly ask for help so that he can be well again and continue to play as he enjoys. We are desperate and can’t get the money required,” said Kevin’s mother.

Kevin is a very playful 5-year-old from Kiambu County, Kenya. He is the only child to his mother, and was born when she was 17 years old so ...

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Kevin's Timeline

  • December 16, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kevin was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • December 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kevin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kevin received treatment at Nazareth 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.

  • January 04, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kevin's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kevin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - ORIF
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,049 for Kevin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$459
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$26
Supplies
$379
Labs
$104
Radiology
$31
Other
$50

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