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Success! Lydia from Kenya raised $940 for surgery to treat an ulcer.

Lydia
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  • $940 raised, $0 to go
$940
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lydia's treatment was fully funded on October 23, 2016.

Photo of Lydia post-operation

November 17, 2016

Lydia successfully received surgery to treat an ulcer.

Lydia’s treatment was successful! Her ulcer was excised, greatly reducing the pain she was experiencing in her leg prior to surgery. She’s scheduled for a follow-up review clinic in a few weeks, at which point she is expected to be healed enough to walk with ease.

“Thank you for the assistance and treatment!” shares Lydia. “I hope to be able to continue working and provide for my family.”

Lydia’s treatment was successful! Her ulcer was excised, greatly reducing the pain she was experiencing in her leg prior to surgery. She's s...

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October 3, 2016

Lydia is a 45-year-old widow and mother of three children. She has not been able to work since July 2013. Her eldest child is attending university where her fees are paid by her uncle. The middle child is in high school and works odd jobs on the weekends to meet some of the household needs. The youngest child is in primary school. Their house rent is paid by friends and church contributions.

Lydia is suffering from a chronic ulcer. It started as a small swelling on her left leg, which later developed into a chronic wound. She has been to several hospitals for treatment where several drugs have been prescribed. However, with no improvement on her leg, she was referred to another hospital where she was diagnosed with a chronic leg ulcer. Surgery was recommended but was too costly for Lydia.

For $940, Lydia will undergo the debridement and skin graft surgery she needs to treat her leg ulcer. Let’s help her raise the funds she needs!

Lydia says, “I want to be treated so that I am able to fend for my children. It is tiring to be dependent on people every time.”

Lydia is a 45-year-old widow and mother of three children. She has not been able to work since July 2013. Her eldest child is attending univ...

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Lydia's Timeline

  • October 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lydia was submitted by Beth Wangigi, Watsi Program Lead at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lydia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 13, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lydia 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 23, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lydia's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lydia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 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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