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Joy
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Joy's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2021.
November 15, 2021

Joy is the first born child in her family. She is two weeks old. Their young family is feeling privileged and happy to welcome their firstborn baby, however, they are saddened by the fact that their baby needs medical care for her foot. Her condition has caused Joy’s parents a lot of worry about their daughter’s future.

Joy’s mother is a housewife who completed secondary school and never was able to proceed to college due to a lack of funds. Joy’s father just completed college and hasn’t been employed yet. The family doesn’t have a house of their own and still lives with their parents.

When Joy was six days old, she was brought to the hospital by her mother with concerns of umbilical code sepsis. She was admitted to receive IV antibiotics and general medical management. While receiving medication in the ward, she developed wounds on her leg due to several attempts of cannulation. Over time her condition worsened and her wounds became septic. After several efforts to clean her wounds, it was noticed that her foot was not healing. After a long consultation with the medical team, the possibility of amputation was suggested to avoid further affecting her entire leg.

Joy is in need and her family’s inability to pay for the surgery has made them live with constant anxiety and worry about her future. Their family is appealing for financial assistance.

Joy’s mother says, “I feel sorry about my child. It is painful for her to undergo this while she is just a few days old. Despite this, I will work hard to make her happy as she grows up.”

Joy is the first born child in her family. She is two weeks old. Their young family is feeling privileged and happy to welcome their firstbo...

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Joy's Timeline

  • November 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 15, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Joy was scheduled to receive treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joy's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Joy's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,054 for Joy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$377
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$153
Supplies
$299
Labs
$80
Other
$142
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Symptoms include inability/difficulty in walking, severe pain, serious infection, non-healing ulcer. Amputation may be required for a large number of reasons, including trauma with irreversible or life-threatening damage to the limb; infection; snakebite; cancer or tumour; diabetes; damage to the blood vessels.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

If a person has such a severe condition of the leg, then they will not be able to walk alone, work, study, or support their families. And the condition could be deadly if the amputation is not done.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

It happens because often conditions that could have been treated earlier were not attended to because of lack of access to medical services in Africa.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Unless it's an emergency, the patient is fully assessed before surgery to identify the most suitable type of amputation and any factors that may affect the surgery and/or rehabilitation. This assessment includes a psychological assessment to determine how the patient will cope with the impact of amputation. After the assessment, the patient is admitted and the amputation is done.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Life-saving in the presence of infection, dead limb, or cancer. If the leg is useless or painful, then removing it will allow the placement of prostheses after complete recovery of the surgical site and an increase in functional status.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Very treatable if caught in time. Amputation is not a very risky surgical procedure. Any other diseases (like HIV or diabetes) will need to be treated at the same time.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Access to surgeons who can safely and cleanly perform amputations is not common. Patients will often go to traditional healers or small dispensaries receiving ineffective treatments before arriving at centres like Kapsowar.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If there is an infection or cancer, medicines (or radiation for cancer) may halt the disease. But usually, by the time the patient has been referred to the surgeon, it is too late.

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Arnold

Arnold is a 40-year-old married man with three children; aged 15, 10, and 3. He is a truck driver and his wife helps take care of their family and home. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, his work has decreased. Also, his driving license is currently expired which means that he cannot work as a truck driver until he's able to renew the license. Since last year, Arnold has had a chronic cough. He sought medical care and tested negative for Tuberculosis more than four times; he was frequently put on antibiotics. Late last year, he started noticing a protruding swelling on his neck along with his persistent cough. He again sought medical attention from a health center and was referred to the public hospital. At the hospital, they suspected that he had a goiter and was referred to Partners in Hope (PIH) for thyroid tests since the other facility had no reagents for these tests. At PiH, Arnold was diagnosed with goiter. Doctors recommend that he has his thyroid removed in a procedure called thyroidectomy. A goiter is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland; a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. Although goiters are usually painless, a large goiter can cause a cough, irritation and may also cause difficulty in swallowing and breathing. Arnold is afraid that his thyroid might grow bigger if he does not have it removed. It is expected that after surgery, the symptoms will heal and his neck will return to its normal size. Arnold appeals for financial assistance as he is not financially able to pay for the surgery. Arnold says, "My worry is that the goiter might grow bigger. I hope to get treatment before the condition worsens."

71% funded

71%funded
$727raised
$288to go

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