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Success! Sarah from Kenya raised $1,129 to fund a debridement and skin graft.

Sarah
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$1,129
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sarah's treatment was fully funded on March 4, 2020.

Photo of Sarah post-operation

February 21, 2020

Sarah underwent a debridement and skin graft.

Sarah’s surgery was successful. She had debridement and closure and later another debridement completed. She recovered well and was discharged home. Sarah will be on repeat follow-up visits to review her progress. She is out of risk of further complications of her open wounds and is grateful for the support offered.

Sarah shared, “Thank you for helping me. I am grateful and will continue with my studies to become a lawyer.”

Sarah’s surgery was successful. She had debridement and closure and later another debridement completed. She recovered well and was discharg...

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October 28, 2019

Sarah is a calm teenager and in class six from Kenya. She is an aspiring lawyer and firstborn of two children. She lives with her mother and younger sister in a two-room house in the Rift valley region of Kenya. Her father left them years back due to the increasing family demands.

Sarah was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth and was treated. The site is however prone to infection and if not treated, result in severe pain.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sarah receive treatment. On October 30th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to this will eliminate the risk of infection. Now, Sarah needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure.

“I would like to be a lawyer when I grow up,” says Sarah.

Sarah is a calm teenager and in class six from Kenya. She is an aspiring lawyer and firstborn of two children. She lives with her mother and...

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Sarah's Timeline

  • October 28, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 12, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sarah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 28, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sarah 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.

  • February 21, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sarah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 04, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sarah's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,129 for Sarah'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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$26raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Rombadi

Rombadi is a 34-year-old man from Uganda. He came to Nyakibale Hospital with inguinal area swelling that has been persistent for over five years. He feels pain and discomfort whenever he walks for a long distance, or does anything strenuous. This has strained his daily work as a bodaboda operator in western Uganda. Rombadi had never been to the hospital before due to financial constraints. Fortunately, he was referred to our partner facility where he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. He requires herniorrhaphy to improve his lifestyle and productivity, and reduce the chances of further complications such as strangulation and intestinal obstruction. Rombadi's work provides him and his family with limited income, making life's requirement hard to meet. His wife works on the farm to provide additional income for their family. He is a father of three and sometimes works on the farm as well especially when business is down. Rombadi is not able to meet the cost of surgery and he appeals for critical support. Fortunately, on May 5th, he will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Rombadi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Rombadi says: “I hope that if all goes on well with my surgery, I will be able to continue with working to provide more to my family.”

11% funded

11%funded
$26raised
$193to go