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Success! Gathoni from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund a debridement and skin graft surgery for her burns.

Gathoni
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  • $1,185 raised, $0 to go
$1,185
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Gathoni's treatment was fully funded on December 12, 2020.

Photo of Gathoni post-operation

September 23, 2020

Gathoni underwent a debridement and skin graft surgery to heal her burns.

Gathoni underwent a successful debridement of both legs and her back following burns she sustained after she accidentally tripped on hot water while playing with her brother. Our medical partner was happy to share that her surgery went on as planned and her doctors felt the procedure was a success. The team is hopeful that with her treatment, the chance of infection are now minimal. She will soon be able to heal normally and get back to her normal life.

“I am grateful to everyone especially the staff here who have been helpful and really supportive to ensure we get the necessary treatment. I will now take care of her wounds as instructed and ensure she gets to her normal life again and heals well,” said Gathoni’s mother.

Gathoni underwent a successful debridement of both legs and her back following burns she sustained after she accidentally tripped on hot wat...

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July 19, 2020

Gathoni is an 18-month-old girl from Kenya. She is the second-born in a family of two. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom while her father is a fruit vendor in a nearby market. The family lives in a two roomed rental house.

On July 15th, Gathoni tripped on boiling water while playing with her 7-year-old brother. Doctors have recommended a debridement to reduce chances of further infections.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gathoni receive treatment. On July 20th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help ensure that her wounds heal without an infection. Now, Gathoni needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Gathoni’s mother shared, “I just wish that I can find help for my little baby so that she a grow into a successful young woman in future.”

Gathoni is an 18-month-old girl from Kenya. She is the second-born in a family of two. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom while her father is ...

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Gathoni's Timeline

  • July 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gathoni received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • July 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gathoni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gathoni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 12, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gathoni's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,185 for Gathoni's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,020
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$85
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
Other
$57
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Symptoms include burns, open wound, pain and Inability/difficulty in walking, infection, scarring and disfigurement. Debridement and skin grafting are surgical processes used to treat serious wounds and burns.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The condition involves an open wound, pain and inability or difficulty in walking. The wound affects the ability to work or perform normal daily tasks.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Damaged skin and wounds are common in Kenya due to poor living conditions. Families use open flames for cooking and warmth, leading to burns. Traumatic wounds from farming accidents, road accidents, and violence are also common. Poorly controlled diabetes, an emerging problem, also causes infection and skin breakdown.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Debridement is the removal of dead/damaged tissue skin, and skin grafting is the process of covering damaged areas with healthy skin. Skin grafting involves the transplantation of skin from one body site to another. The transplanted tissue is called a skin graft.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Treatment heals the wound and restores normal functioning.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The risks of treatment are limited. The skin graft may fail or may become infected.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality centers in developing countries. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Amputation, if treatment is delayed. Usually, by the time the patient has come to one of the AMHF partner hospitals, other approaches such as antibiotics and dressing changes have already been tried.

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