Jeniffer is a 22-year-old single widow who lives with her daughter in Kenya. She owns a small hair kiosk and works with her local community as a youth program facilitator.
“At the age of seven, Jeniffer was pushed and got cut by a glass bottle behind her left ankle,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) tells us. “She got treated but her leg continued swelling. Jeniffer took antibiotics for 10 years to counter further swelling. At the age of 17, Jeniffer got pregnant and her increased weight resulted in more pressure onto her injured leg.”
Despite two previous surgeries on her leg, “she is not able to walk well. This condition is affecting her ability to work and take care of her daughter. If not treated, Jeniffer could develop severe infections which could result in an amputation.” AMHF adds that despite the pain, Jeniffer still wears a smile and “she exudes positivity that she will be well soon.”
Jeniffer requires surgery to remove the damaged and infected tissue and replace it with a skin graft. Jeniffer and her family and friends have already raised $110 for her treatment, and need $940 more.
Jeniffer says she hasn’t been able to play with her daughter. “I would love to take her swimming,” she shares. “Being a single mother is already very challenging. I cannot overcome all this hardship with this sick leg.”