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Success! Joan from Kenya raised $1,500 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Joan
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Joan's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2022.

Photo of Joan post-operation

September 17, 2022

Joan underwent fracture repair surgery.

Joan’s surgery was a success! The surgeons were able to repair her fracture, and she has returned home with an arm sling for support. After two weeks, Joan will return to the orthopedic clinic to continue her healing journey.

Joan says, “Although I had been in pain for a prolonged period, I feel relieved after the surgery. I hope to now be able to take care of my children, who currently depend on my elderly mother for support.”

Joan's surgery was a success! The surgeons were able to repair her fracture, and she has returned home with an arm sling for support. After ...

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April 12, 2022

Joan is a 36-year-old woman and a mother of three teenage children. Joan used to help tend a farm, but the work availability was inconsistent and could not support her family’s needs. Her fracture makes it impossible for her to work at this time, and she is currently staying with her mother. Joan’s husband works on a construction site.

In January, Joan slipped while doing chores outside her home and broke her hand. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was given a cast for six weeks, followed by an arm sling. Since her pain never subsided, she visited Kijabe Hospital for further review. The doctors noticed a deformity at the fracture site and conducted an X-ray, which revealed a fracture in her upper arm. They determined that Joan will need to undergo surgery to heal. Currently, Joan cannot use her left arm, and it’s affecting her family’s livelihood.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Joan receive treatment. On April 13th, she will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, that will allow her to use her arm again. AMH is requesting $1,500 to help fund this procedure.

Joan shared, “I have been in prolonged pain for a lengthy period of time. My hand is broken, and I can no longer use my hand to work. This surgery will help me get back to my work and raise my family.”

Joan is a 36-year-old woman and a mother of three teenage children. Joan used to help tend a farm, but the work availability was inconsisten...

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Joan's Timeline

  • April 12, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 13, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joan 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.

  • April 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joan's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
ORIF Non Hip - Complex
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,593 for Joan's treatment
Subsidies fund $93 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,043
Medical Staff
$77
Medication
$105
Supplies
$239
Labs
$13
Radiology
$40
Other
$76

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Swe

Swe lives with her parents and her son in a village in northern Burma. Her father is subsistence farmer, her mother owns a small weaving business where traditional Burmese blankets and sarongs are hand woven. Her son goes to school and Swe is a homemaker. In her free time, she enjoys visiting and talking to her friends in their village. In December 2021, Swe began to experience fatigue, sweatiness, vomiting and difficulty breathing. She also had a headache and a stiff neck. At first she could not travel due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, but eventually went to Mandalay in August to seek help. At a hospital, she received an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis and aortic valve regurgitation. She was told she would need surgery costing 15 million kyat (approx. $15,000 USD), but she could not afford to pay for it. She then went to Yangon with her son, in the hopes of finding another hospital that cost operate on her for less money. While in Yangon, her condition deteriorated and her son rushed her to a hospital. The doctor there confirmed her diagnosis and her need for surgery, but told her it would cost 20 million kyat (approx. $20,000 USD). When Swe told the doctor that she could not afford to pay such a large sum, the doctor referred her to an abbot, who in turn referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for financial assistance accessing treatment. Currently, Swe cannot walk for more than 10 minutes or she feels very tired and short of breathe. She has a rapid heartbeat, dizziness and headache. She said, "I want to say thank you so much to BCMF and all the donors to help me with my treatment cost.”

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$1,460raised
$40to go

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