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Success! Medjine from Haiti raised $1,095 to fund burn surgery.

Medjine
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  • $1,095 raised, $0 to go
$1,095
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Medjine's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.
March 29, 2017

Medjine underwent burn surgery.

Medjine had a successful surgery. She is one step closer to feeling more like herself. She will continue with her plans to finish school. Although she will always have her scars, Medjine is excited for the new changes in her life.

“Anything that will be able to help her in her future is approved by me. I’m happy that this operation can alleviate some of her discomfort, no matter how big or small,” says Marie-Yveny, her mother.

Medjine had a successful surgery. She is one step closer to feeling more like herself. She will continue with her plans to finish school. Al...

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March 5, 2017

Medjine is a 19-year-old girl and student from Haiti, where she and her sisters live with their mother. Medjine loves to dress up, read, and listen to music. Her favorite music genre is raboday, a type of upbeat Haitian music.

When she was about one year old, Medjine was burned on her face and part of her chest from a boiling pot of bean sauce. Growing up, Medjine has only known her face with the burn scars.

Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is helping Medjine receive surgery to repair the burns. They are requesting $1,095 to fund her travel costs and hospitals fees, and the supplies, labs, and medications needed for the procedure.

Medjine is scheduled to receive reparative surgery on March 5.

Medjine is a 19-year-old girl and student from Haiti, where she and her sisters live with their mother. Medjine loves to dress up, read, and...

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Medjine's Timeline

  • March 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Medjine was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International.

  • March 5, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Medjine received treatment at St. Luc Family Hospital in Haiti. 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.

  • March 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Medjine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Medjine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Medjine's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Burn surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,095 for Medjine's treatment
Hospital Fees
$700
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$95
Supplies
$260
Travel
$10
Labs
$15
Radiology
$15
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients present with old burn wounds that require a skin graft. Burns may have caused contracture of a limb, making it difficult to use that limb.

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

Patients with open burn wounds need to clean the wounds daily to prevent infection. A skin graft surgery covers and heals the wound. Patients with contractures often cannot use their hands or arms for work or cannot walk properly due to burns on the feet or legs.

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

Burns, like any obvious injury, are a source of stigma in Haiti. Disability caused by contracture prevents employment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is seen by the surgeons and undergoes surgery within the next few days. The wound requires dressing changes every few days and heals within two weeks. Patients with limb contractures may also require physical therapy.

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

The patient can return to work and no longer faces social stigma. The wound that would have taken months to heal through painful dressing changes is now healed.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Burn patients are always susceptible to infection, but closing the wound minimizes this risk. It is also possible that the skin graft will not take.

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

Very few Haitian surgeons are trained in skin grafts and almost none can perform contracture release procedures. The visiting teams that perform the operations visit three to four times a year.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients have to perform daily wound scrubbing and dressing changes for months, which is painful and expensive. Living with a contracted wound is certainly possible, but it limits function and employment opportunities.

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