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Success! Josphina from Kenya raised $1,169 to fund a skin graft for her leg.

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Fully funded
Josphina's treatment was fully funded on May 20, 2020.

Photo of Josphina post-operation

June 12, 2020

Josphina underwent a skin graft for her leg.

Sokome’s wounds were initially slow to heal, taking more than three weeks to close, hence she needed flap to cover her wounds. She underwent a successful flap surgery on 14th May and the outcome is positive. After having her daughter-in-law to do safe dressing changes at home, Sokome was finally discharged from hospital with 44 days’ worth of medications. Her daughter-in-law has become the household’s only earner in addition to doing all of the household work including feeding and bathing her.

Sokome’s dependence on her daughter-in-law and her inability to contribute to her family had left her feeling distressed and purposeless. Sokome is on track for a full recovery and is excited to admire the final results of her surgery.

Sokome says, “I want to walk again, be independent, and return to my normal duties of farming.”

Sokome’s wounds were initially slow to heal, taking more than three weeks to close, hence she needed flap to cover her wounds. She underwent...

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May 15, 2020

Josphina is an elderly woman from Kenya. She is a 68-year-old joyful grandmother who was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago with a proximal tibia fracture after she was involved in a road traffic accident. Sokome was crossing the road when she was run over by a speeding motorcycle. She fractured her right leg and suffered serious wounds on her leg. She was rushed to a government hospital where a cast was applied and was admitted for daily cleaning and dressing.

Sokome kept complaining of pain on her limb until she was referred to Watsi’s Medical Partner’s hospital and diagnosed with a grade 3 open tibia fracture after an x-ray examination. Doctors treated her with debridement and external fixation. She has progressed well, with good healing with the exception of a 2x2cm non-healing wound with soft tissue loss and exposed bone. She requires a flap to cover the wound and allow healing, and post-surgery rehabilitation when she is discharged home.

Sokome is a mother of three and grandmother to twelve. She is a maize and millet farmer in a rural village. She is a widow after her husband died two months ago after suffering a longtime illness and now lives with her son in a two-roomed house with an iron sheet as its roof.

Sokome requires financial support for a successful surgery. Before coming to the hospital, her family had spent much of their money treating her. They have done their best for the hospital bill for her first surgery until this time when they can’t afford another surgery for Sokome.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Josphina receive treatment. On May 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a skin grafting and wound cover so she will be out of risk of further complications. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,169 procedure.

Josphina says, “I am worried about my health and the obstacles I might face; would I be able to walk again, would I face social problems or financial challenges? My only hope is to walk again.”

Josphina is an elderly woman from Kenya. She is a 68-year-old joyful grandmother who was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago with a pro...

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Josphina's Timeline

  • May 14, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Josphina received treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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.

  • May 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 18, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Josphina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Josphina's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 12, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Josphina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Contracture Release with Skin Graft and Flap
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,169 for Josphina's treatment
Hospital Fees
$481
Medical Staff
$464
Medication
$91
Supplies
$120
Labs
$13

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