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Success! Mpapa from Kenya raised $1,129 to fund a skin graft.

Mpapa
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  • $1,129 raised, $0 to go
$1,129
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mpapa's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2017.

Photo of Mpapa post-operation

September 28, 2017

Mpapa underwent a skin graft.

Mpapa’s surgery was successful, and he was discharged a few days after surgery. Surgery reduced chances of further infections on his open wounds. He has been coming for review, and the surgeons are happy with his recovery. With full recovery, he will be able to utilize his hand much better.

Mpapa’s father says, “I am happy for the assistance. I know that the treatment was of benefit to my son and soon he will be able to use his hand better.”

Mpapa’s surgery was successful, and he was discharged a few days after surgery. Surgery reduced chances of further infections on his open wo...

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June 29, 2017

Mpapa is a 10-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his parents and five siblings in a small town north of Nairobi. His father is a motorcycle taxi driver who also raises goats.

Recently, Mpapa was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the amputation of the fingers of his right hand. His father rushed him to a local hospital, where he was referred to our medical partner’s care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Doctors recommended a debridement procedure and a skin graft in order to prevent infection of the bones and of the exposed tissue. Mpapa’s father immediately sold eight of the family goats in order to pay for Mpapa’s hospital admission, however the money is still not enough to cover the recommended treatment.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,129, on top of the $206 subsidized by Mpapa’s family, to cover the cost of Mpapa’s operation. The procedures are scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully protect Mpapa’s hand from infection.

“I would like to see my son doing okay and being able to utilize his hand,” says Mpapa’s father.

Mpapa is a 10-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his parents and five siblings in a small town north of Nairobi. His father is a motorcy...

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Mpapa's Timeline

  • June 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mpapa was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • June 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mpapa received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • July 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mpapa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mpapa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mpapa's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,129 for Mpapa's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,021
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$85
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • 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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