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Success! Florence from Kenya raised $1,242 to fund a skin graft surgery.

Florence
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  • $1,242 raised, $0 to go
$1,242
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Florence's treatment was fully funded on May 20, 2020.

Photo of Florence post-operation

August 11, 2020

Florence underwent a skin graft surgery.

Florence had a successful surgery and treatment for her right femur. The open wound was cleaned, reducing instances of further infections. She has now been discharged home and asked to come back in two weeks for a follow-up review at the clinic. She is grateful for the support offered and hopes to go back to school soon.

Florence shared, “My wish of going back to school remains. I am hopeful for that.”

Florence had a successful surgery and treatment for her right femur. The open wound was cleaned, reducing instances of further infections. S...

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May 14, 2020

Florence is a Form Three student from Kenya. Florence is the oldest child in a family of five girls. She lives with her mother and siblings in a two-roomed house, relying only on their mother for daily upkeep after her father neglected them.

Three years ago, Florence was involved in a road accident. While going to school, she was hit from behind by a passenger van, fracturing her right femur. Since then, she has had multiple surgeries to correct the fractures. She suffers severe pain and persistent infection.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Florence receive treatment. On May 15th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure so she will no longer be in pain and her risk of infection will be reduced. Now, Florence needs help to fund this $1,242 procedure.

Florence says, “My greatest wish is to go back to finish school and at least help my mother.”

Florence is a Form Three student from Kenya. Florence is the oldest child in a family of five girls. She lives with her mother and siblings ...

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Florence's Timeline

  • May 14, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Florence was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • May 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Florence 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.

  • May 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Florence's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Florence's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Florence's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,242 for Florence's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,134
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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