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Success! Lightness from Tanzania raised $639 to treat severe burn injuries.

Lightness
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Fully funded
Lightness's treatment was fully funded on September 12, 2021.

Photo of Lightness post-operation

September 15, 2021

Lightness to treat severe burn injuries.

Lightness has had a successful surgery which has helped release the contractures (tightening) on the right side of her neck. She is dressing and cleaning her incision site and her post-surgical wound is healing well. Once fully recovered, Lightness will finally be able to move her neck without limitation. This surgery has also helped improve her self-esteem and confidence.

Lightness says, “I am grateful and very happy for having this surgery that has helped correct my neck. Thank you very much.”

Lightness has had a successful surgery which has helped release the contractures (tightening) on the right side of her neck. She is dressing...

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August 4, 2021

Lightness is a hard-working student and the ninth born child in a family of ten children. Lightness loves to help her mother with home chores and looking after her nieces and nephews. Lightness is currently in technical college where she is studying to be an electrician. Lightness’s parents are small-scale farmers and livestock keepers, and her mother also sells vegetables and mandazi, a type of fried bread.

Three years ago, Lightness was at the fireplace helping her mother cook mandazi when she lost conscious and fell into the pot of hot oil. Her mother rescued her and rushed her to the hospital. The accident has left Lightness with contractures as a result of the burns around her neck. Contractures are a condition in which the muscles are shortened and hardened, and in Lightness’s case they limit her neck movement.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Lightness receive treatment. On August 5th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her move her neck freely. However, Lightness’s family needs help to fund this $639 procedure.

Lightness says, “I feel bad seeing myself in this condition, I try to cover my neck because I don’t like how people feel sorry for me. I will be happy and grateful if I can have my neck corrected.”

Lightness is a hard-working student and the ninth born child in a family of ten children. Lightness loves to help her mother with home chore...

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Lightness's Timeline

  • August 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lightness received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • August 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lightness's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lightness's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lightness's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Single Contracture Release
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $639 for Lightness's treatment
Hospital Fees
$460
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$11
Supplies
$103
Labs
$14
Other
$31

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