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Success! Winnie from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund surgery to help her regain mobility and go after her big dreams.

Winnie
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  • $1,185 raised, $0 to go
$1,185
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Winnie's treatment was fully funded on November 28, 2021.

Photo of Winnie post-operation

December 7, 2021

Winnie underwent surgery to help her regain mobility and go after her big dreams.

Winnie is full of smiles and hopeful that she will soon go back to college and pursue her life dream as public relations officer. She was admitted to Kijabe Hospital with a large gluteal wound and acetabular fracture.

She has so far undergone nine debridements and all the procedures were successful and went as planned. According to her doctors, her wound was so severe that it required several debridements by orthopedic, plastic, and general surgery teams. She’ll finally undergo a skin graft later after a month to help complete her healing.

Winnie says, “I am getting better each day. I will remain strong and hopefully be able to go back to my studies and complete the advertisement and public relations course I am currently pursuing.”

Winnie is full of smiles and hopeful that she will soon go back to college and pursue her life dream as public relations officer. She was ad...

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October 26, 2021

Winnie is a dedicated and bright student. She goes to the local university in Kenya and studying advertisement and public relations. Winnie aspires to be a renowned media personality in the future. She stays with her parents in Ruiru and relies on them for school fees and upkeep while she is in school.

Last month, Winnie was a passenger on a motorbike heading to get the Covid vaccine at a nearby center in their home in Ruiru. Unfortunately, she was hit by another vehicle, thus sending her flying into the air and she landed hard causing serious injuries. She was rushed to a nearby facility with a serious injuries. Her wound is so dire that it requires several debridements under the general surgery team and later grafting with the plastic surgery team. She has so far undergone 8 surgeries (1 colon - colostomy and 7 debridements). She is in pain and cannot sit yet.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Winnie receive treatment. On October 26th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure so that she will be able to sit again and the risk of infection would be reduced. Now, Winnie needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Winnie says, “I just joined college to pursue my dream career. I am missing classes because of the injuries and I am afraid it will affect my future. I cannot even sleep well since I only sleep on my belly. I really hope to get well soon.”

Winnie is a dedicated and bright student. She goes to the local university in Kenya and studying advertisement and public relations. Winnie ...

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Winnie's Timeline

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Winnie was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Winnie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 28, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Winnie 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.

  • November 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Winnie's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 7, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Winnie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,185 for Winnie's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,020
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$85
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
Other
$57
  • 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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