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Michael from Kenya raised $1,176 to fund surgery to treat burns on his neck.

Michael
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  • $1,176 raised, $0 to go
$1,176
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Michael's treatment was fully funded on January 11, 2018.
January 25, 2018

Michael did not receive treatment as expected.

Michael’s surgery was postponed to later in 2018 because the surgeon is unavailable now. At that time, he will be re-eligible for Watsi funding.

Michael's surgery was postponed to later in 2018 because the surgeon is unavailable now. At that time, he will be re-eligible for Watsi fund...

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June 29, 2017

“My wish is to be a driver when I am older,” shares Michael, who lives in Kenya.

At 13, Michael is an eloquent young man. He and his three other siblings live with neighbors in their village. Although his foster family can take care of his basic needs, they do not have the extra money to help treat an ongoing injury Michael has experienced.

In 2009, Michael and his sister were preparing food when he was accidentally burned by cooking oil on his hand and neck. After several hospital visits, he received a skin graft in 2011. Michael mostly healed, but contractures—abnormally tight, tough sections of tissue—formed on his neck where the burn had been.

As Michael continued to grow, the contractures stretched his neck into an abnormal position. Unless he is treated, this twisting will only continue to worsen.

Fortunately, though, we can help Michael. For $1,176, we can sponsor the surgical procedure that will release his contractures, allowing his neck to return to its normal position. This sum will also cover the lab tests, medications, and nine-day hospital stay that will accompany his operation on January 17, 2018.

Michael has already faced many challenges in his short life. Let’s help make sure chronic medical disability doesn’t become another one.

“My wish is to be a driver when I am older,” shares Michael, who lives in Kenya. At 13, Michael is an eloquent young man. He and his thr...

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Michael's Timeline

  • June 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Michael was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Michael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 25, 2018
    FUNDING ENDED

    Michael is no longer raising funds.

  • January 17, 2018
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Michael was scheduled to receive treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital. 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.

  • January 25, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Michael's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Single Contracture Release
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,176 for Michael's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,144
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$9
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23

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Benard

Benard is a 35-year-old man from Kiambu County in Kenya. He works as a laborer, off-loading trucks carrying construction materials. His wife is a housemaker and together they have three children aged 10 years, 9 years and 3 months old. In December 2020, Benard slipped and fell from a raised water tank he was inspecting, fracturing his right tibia and fibula. He was taken to a clinic in the neighbourhood, where first aid was administered. Afterwards, Benard went to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital for an x-ray, which confirmed a fracture of his right tibia and fibula close to his ankle joint. Surgeons recommend he undergoes a fracture repair surgery. If not treated, Benard’s fracture could heal while misaligned or be malunited, resulting in limited use of his right limb, deformity, and infection. However, this procedure is costly for Benard and his family. He is the sole breadwinner of the family, and does not have savings to pay for his care. He appeals for financial support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 5th, Benard will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will ease his pain, allow him to recover, and help him to be able to walk with ease again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Benard shared, “My head is spinning because I do not know what would happen to my family if I was unable to go to work due to my injury. I would really appreciate help with the surgery so that I can continue providing for my family.”

72% funded

72%funded
$765raised
$284to go

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