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Success! Charles from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund treatment for a severe infection so he can walk again.

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

Photo of Charles post-operation

November 8, 2021

Charles underwent treatment for a severe infection so he can walk again.

Charles was at risk of losing his limbs and ability to walk. He is incredibly relieved to be out of danger of an amputation. His surgeries when well and he’s now healing.

Charles says, “I thank God I’m out of danger of losing my legs. I look forward to when I will be discharged home and go back to my family.”

Charles was at risk of losing his limbs and ability to walk. He is incredibly relieved to be out of danger of an amputation. His surgeries w...

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October 11, 2021

Charles is a stonemason and a loving father of 5 children. He works at construction sites around where he lives, but his income is inconsistent since the job is not permanent. He lives in a single-room house in Kayole slums that costs about $300.

In early 2020, Charles was involved in an accident in his place of work. A gate hit him on the left leg and he was also hit by a sharp object on the right leg. This caused wounds, which slowly developed into small blisters, then ruptured upon itching, then gradually advanced to become massive ulcers on both limbs. It is now difficult for him to walk, and he is in pain. If not treated, Charles is also likely to suffer sepsis.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Charles receive treatment. On October 13th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal his chronic wound. Now, Charles needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Charles says, “I am in so much pain. I risk losing both legs if not treated. I am afraid if I am amputated, I might not be able to work and fend for my family. This is both scary and confusing.”

Charles is a stonemason and a loving father of 5 children. He works at construction sites around where he lives, but his income is inconsist...

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Charles's Timeline

  • October 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Charles's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Charles 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 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Charles's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Charles's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,185 for Charles'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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