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Kelvin from Kenya raised $1,000 to release his webbed hands.

Kelvin
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Fully funded
Kelvin's treatment was fully funded on September 8, 2014.

Photo of Kelvin post-operation

February 12, 2015

Kelvin received treatment to release his webbed fingers, ensuring him greater independence and dexterity as he grows up.

Kelvin’s mom Lucy was so dedicated to getting treatment for her son that she walked many hours carrying Kelvin on her back to deliver him to the clinic. Since his surgery was a success she says, “I have not seen his fingers because they have been bandaged since he came from the surgery. But it is a thing of faith, I believe that they will be good.”

Kelvin's mom Lucy was so dedicated to getting treatment for her son that she walked many hours carrying Kelvin on her back to deliver him to...

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June 30, 2014

Our medical partner, CURE International, writes about five-year-old Kelvin with Aperts syndrome, “when Lucy delivered Kelvin, she could not believe what she saw, and the one emotion that she felt was that of madness, or “wazimu” as she told us in Swahili. In a lot of ways, you could say it’s been madness ever since then.”

CURE continues, “on the day of our clinic, Lucy and Kelvin had come rather late. When we asked why, she told us she could not afford the fare required from her home to the clinic, so they had opted to walk, beginning the journey early in the morning and finally arriving at 3 p.m.. Other than carrying restless Kelvin on her back, she also carried with her a large polythene bag. When we inquired, curious of the contents, she explained to us how she collects plastic bottles and resells them.”

“You never know where you will find the bottles, and since they help add to what I get from helping out in people’s farms, I do not take chances,” Lucy says.

“Even though Kelvin has a brother, he is only used to his mother and never allows his mom to go anywhere without him. She doubles up as his mother and playmate. Even when she goes looking for jobs in people’s farms, she does whatever work assigned to her with Kelvin on her back,” CURE writes of their inspiring mother-son relationship.

“I can’t put him down because he is destructive and violent…I think a result of his slow mental development. I have already accepted the fact that not everything can be done, but for what can be done, I will take it one procedure at a time, until I have done everything possible for him,” says Lucy.

CURE finishes by writing, “the procedure he is scheduled for isn’t a cure-all for Kelvin, but at least it will be a step forward. Our plan is to release his hands that are currently webbed. Lucy is hopeful that the procedure will make him a bit more independent and self-reliant. For someone who couldn’t even raise a dollar to come to our clinic to want to get medical treatment that will cost so much is a statement of faith for sure, and we have a chance to be a part of giving Lucy and Kelvin the hope and love they deserve.”

Our medical partner, CURE International, writes about five-year-old Kelvin with Aperts syndrome, "when Lucy delivered Kelvin, she could not ...

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Kelvin's Timeline

  • June 30, 2014
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kelvin was submitted by Jenny England at CURE International, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 01, 2014
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kelvin received treatment. 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.

  • September 08, 2014
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kelvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 08, 2014
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kelvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Kelvin. Read the update.

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Margaret

Margaret is a 65-year-old woman from Kenya. She is a happy lady with two adult sons, whom she raised as a young, single mother. Margaret initially sought care due to excruciating pains in her knee and right leg. Her knee problems started back in late 2017, and she visited a health facility in her hometown, Kiambu, for medical attention. However, after that first treatment, her condition has only deteriorated. After visiting several health centers, she was referred to our medical partner's care center, Kijabe Hospital. In early October, she was reviewed by their orthopedic team, who recommended a total knee replacement surgery. Margaret underwent a knee replacement procedure and was finally discharged after a lengthy stay in the hospital. Unfortunately, during her follow-up clinical review visits, her doctors continued to discover infections and fluctuant swelling that require further attention and treatment. Margaret has undergone additional treatment including draining and debridement on the area that was operated on during her total knee replacement surgery. Now, she will need another debridement and skin graft procedure, in addition to a total knee implant hardware removal, to prevent possible infections that could result in amputation or even death. She is currently ambulating on crutches. In the past, Margaret relied on national health insurance funding to support her medical and surgical treatment costs. However, the money has been depleted over time, and they are unable to cover any additional surgical bills for her. Margaret does not work and has been relying on her sons for physical and financial support. They do not have have stable jobs and are responsible for monitoring her treatment and care. Margaret and her sons have tried to raise funds from friends and relatives, to no avail. They are appealing for financial help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Margaret receive treatment. On November 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal the infection and allow her to walk more easily. Now, Margaret needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Margaret shared, “I have been through a lot with this leg. Anytime it heals, the pain starts again. I can’t even sleep because of the pain. I appreciate any support you can provide."

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