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Success! Shanice from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund debridement and skin graft procedures to heal her burn wounds.

Shanice
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Fully funded
Shanice's treatment was fully funded on December 3, 2020.

Photo of Shanice post-operation

December 11, 2020

Shanice underwent debridement and skin graft procedures to heal her burn wounds.

Shanice had sustained severe burns over her body and arms and legs. She also could not feed well and was vomiting on admission to the hospital. After a lengthy stay in the hospital, Shanice underwent several debridement sessions before she had a skin graft. The grafting will allow her burns to heal normally and avoid infection. Our medical partner was happy to share that there were no acute concerns and her surgery went as planned. Shanice’s mother was advised to return to the pediatric surgery clinic for dressing change immediately if her wound dressing is soiled. This will help prevent infection as she heals.

Shanice’s Mother told us, “Thank you so much for helping Shanice. The accident caused damage that on my own I couldn’t manage to rectify.”

Shanice had sustained severe burns over her body and arms and legs. She also could not feed well and was vomiting on admission to the hospit...

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October 14, 2020

Shanice is a 1-year-old girl from Kenya.

Earlier this month, while her mother was boiling water to shower, Shanice accidentally pulled a pot of hot water towards herself and sustained severe burns on her hands, abdomen and thighs. These injuries were second-degree burns of 10%.

Shanice’s mother rushed her to a nearby facility for treatment. Shanice was given some medication, her wounds were dressed, and she was asked to return the following day. Her bandages were eventually removed and she was discharged with some medication. However, Shanice’s wounds did not heal well and she lost her appetite. Her mother became concerned and took her back to the same facility for a checkup. After discussion with the doctor, Shanice was eventually referred to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital and was admitted as an emergency case. After debriding and properly dressing her wounds, the doctor recommended she undergo skin grafting surgery. Shanice is at risk of developing infections on her post-burn wounds if not treated.

Shanice’s father is a carpenter in their home area. Her mother lost her job three years ago and has not been able to find a stable job since then. She currently does casual jobs to supplement her husband’s earnings and sustain their four person family. The family is not able to raise enough money for Shanice’s surgery and are appealing for financial help.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Shanice receive treatment. On October 15th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal her open wounds. Now, Shanice needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Shanice’s mother shared, “It is difficult for us to raise any money because of our financial status. I feel sad whenever I see her crying of pain because of her wounds. I hope she can recover soon.”

Shanice is a 1-year-old girl from Kenya. Earlier this month, while her mother was boiling water to shower, Shanice accidentally pulled a...

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Shanice's Timeline

  • October 14, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Shanice was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shanice's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 27, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shanice 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.

  • December 3, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shanice's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shanice's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,185 for Shanice'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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