Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

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

Michael
100%
  • $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...

Read more
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...

Read more

Michael's Timeline

  • June 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Grace

Grace is a small scale farmer and a mother of four children. Her husband died 18 years ago and left her a small house that later fell down beyond repair but she has recently managed to put up a small mud-made single room for shelter. All her children were not able to attend school. Her eldest is now 35 years old and is married while the youngest is 18 years old. She relies on the sale of her farm produce to cater to her basic needs. Four years ago, Grace began to experience troubling symptoms, including a small painless swelling which recently started increasing in size. She has never visited any health facility to seek treatment. Currently, she experiences airway obstruction and severe headaches whenever she carries a heavy load and this has greatly affected her farming. She occasionally develops high temperatures, especially around her chest and neck. She was diagnosed with a goiter and after a review by the surgeon, a thyroidectomy was recommended. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Grace receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Grace says, “I pray that I may look normal again through surgery. I hope to live a comfortable life because the swelling makes me feel abnormal. I will continue with farming once I recover after the surgery.”

24% funded

24%funded
$80raised
$253to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.