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Success! Maxwell from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund burn treatment.

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

Photo of Maxwell post-operation

January 9, 2021

Maxwell underwent burn treatment.

On the 24th of December, Maxwell, a 10-month-old baby, was set to join his twin brother and family for Christmas celebrations. He was discharged home after he underwent a split-thickness skin graft surgery to help stop a burn infection. Earlier he was brought to the facility presenting with a 1st-degree thermal burn which put him at risk of tissue damage, prolonged pain, and infections. He underwent surgery on the 17th of December and doctors noted it was very successful. Maxwell will, however, be coming back after a week for new dressings and follow up to monitor his healing.

Maxwell’s mother shared with a smile, “We are on time to celebrate Christmas with the rest of our family. We can’t wait to rejoin Max with his twin brother for the festive celebration. Thank you very much for your help.”

On the 24th of December, Maxwell, a 10-month-old baby, was set to join his twin brother and family for Christmas celebrations. He was discha...

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December 16, 2020

Maxwell is a 10-month-old from Kenya. His mother shared that he’s already a playful and jovial boy together with his twin. Unfortunately, she said, his curiosity accidentally caused him to get a burn on his chest, abdomen, right arm and his feet. If left untreated, he could suffer from long-term tissue damage, prolonged pain, and infections. Maxwell requires a split-thickness skin graft surgery to help heal the burns and reduce the infections.

On December 3rd, Maxwell was playing with his twin brother when he pulled down a cup containing hot tea from the table. The hot beverage spilled and burned his body. He was rushed to St Joseph Hospital in their home village of Kangemi and was treated in the emergency phase, and was later referred to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital the additional care he needs.

At Kijabe Hospital, Maxwell has had debridement and endoscopy procedures. However, he still requires skin grafting which is scheduled at the end of the week. Since admission, Maxwell has already accrued a bill that his family is working hard to raise, but they are having difficulties. They are requesting Watsi’s assistance for his his skin graft surgery.

Maxwell has three other siblings and his mother stays at home watching them and taking care of their daily tasks. Their family relies on their father’s income for survival and upkeep. Maxwell’s father is a taxi driver in Kangemi, who earns a daily allowance depending on the availability of work.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Maxwell receive treatment. On December 17th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to The surgery will reduce the chances of infection. Now, Maxwell needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Maxwell’s mother says, “My baby has been in pain since the unfortunate accident occurred. I know he misses playing with his brother because they are very jovial together. We already have a huge bill that we are unable to afford. We need help with this surgery.”

Maxwell is a 10-month-old from Kenya. His mother shared that he's already a playful and jovial boy together with his twin. Unfortunately, sh...

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Maxwell's Timeline

  • December 16, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maxwell was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • December 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maxwell's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maxwell 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.

  • January 01, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maxwell's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 09, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maxwell's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 34 donors

Funded by 34 donors

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