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Success! Bonface from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund wound debridement and a skin graft procedure after an accident.

  • $1,185 raised, $0 to go
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Bonface's treatment was fully funded on January 3, 2022.

Photo of Bonface post-operation

January 18, 2022

Bonface underwent wound debridement and a skin graft procedure to heal from his accident.

Bonface’s surgery was a success! He underwent several debridements and a skin grafting procedure to treat an infection and avoid the risk of amputation. Since his accident in July, Bonface has undergone three surgeries and is recovering well. Upon his full recovery, he will be able to use his legs and get back to his normal life.

Bonface shared, “I am happy my leg is out of danger, and the infection is controlled. At least I won’t lose my leg.”

Bonface's surgery was a success! He underwent several debridements and a skin grafting procedure to treat an infection and avoid the risk of...

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November 8, 2021

Bonface is a commercial motorcycle driver. He lives in one of the biggest informal settlements of Nairobi Kenya with a relatively inconsistent income. He earns a daily commission depending on the availability of customers. Bonface lives in a single-room rental house that costs Ksh. 3000.00 ($30) per month. He is also hosting and taking care of his younger sister, who lives with him. His parents are elderly and stay in their ancestral home. They also depend on him for upkeep. He relies on national insurance medical coverage but has depleted his surgery allocation and, therefore, is in financial distress.

Bonface was involved in a road traffic accident in early July 2021 and sustained a fracture tibia fibula. Although he underwent a surgery at a government facility in Nairobi, the wound developed an infection. This has delayed the healing of his wound and Bonface is experiencing pain in his right lower leg.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Bonface receive treatment. On November 8th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure. The surgery will help to manage the infection and avoid risk of imputation which would affect his work. Now, Bonface needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Bonface says, “This leg is so painful and I am scared if not treated it can be cut. But doctors have given me hope of healing if I undergo this surgery.”

Bonface is a commercial motorcycle driver. He lives in one of the biggest informal settlements of Nairobi Kenya with a relatively inconsiste...

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Bonface's Timeline

  • November 8, 2021

    Bonface was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 8, 2021

    Bonface 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 10, 2021

    Bonface's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 3, 2022

    Bonface's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 18, 2022

    Bonface's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,185 for Bonface's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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