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Patrick from Kenya raised $940 to treat a dangerous bone infection.

Patrick
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  • $940 raised, $0 to go
$940
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Patrick's treatment was fully funded on November 1, 2016.

Photo of Patrick post-operation

January 19, 2017

Patrick underwent successful surgery.

During surgery, his doctors found pus in the thigh bone and femur, so they applied a new antibiotic cement spacer. They stabilized the bones with external fixation hardware. Once the pus has cleared, Patrick will need to undergo bone grafting.

Now, this lively young boy can stand by himself with little assistance. The surgery reduced his chances of further infection or permanent disability. After full recovery, he will begin school.

“God bless you for the assistance offered,” says Patrick’s mother. “I am truly grateful for the assistance and firmly believe that he will be able to start schooling.”

During surgery, his doctors found pus in the thigh bone and femur, so they applied a new antibiotic cement spacer. They stabilized the bones...

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October 6, 2016

Patrick is a five year old boy from Kenya. He has four siblings and lives with his parents. Patrick’s parents are peasant farmers, often subsidizing their income with hired casual labor in other people’s farms. Patrick’s family lives in a grass thatched house in the village.

Patrick suffers from Chronic Osteomyelitis - severe bone or bone marrow infection. Medical bills have driven the family into financial strain, forcing them to sell their ancestral land to meet the cost of care.

Patrick’s left leg started swelling in November 2013. He is not able to walk well and has not been able to join school because of this condition. He has had several surgeries to stop the infection by removing the dead areas on the bone.

Following the prior surgeries, Patrick has had complications. Doctors recommend additional surgery to remove the damaged tissue, followed by a skin graft. If left untreated, Patrick may need to have his leg amputated, which may result in death. The family has exhausted the funds they had after selling family land. They appeal for our financial assistance.

Patrick’s mother says, “I want my child to be well, he might be a great leader.”

Patrick is a five year old boy from Kenya. He has four siblings and lives with his parents. Patrick’s parents are peasant farmers, often sub...

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Patrick's Timeline

  • October 6, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 7, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Patrick received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Patrick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Patrick's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Patrick. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.