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Collins from Tanzania raised $780 to regain full use of his hand.

Collins
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Collins's treatment was fully funded on October 12, 2015.
November 11, 2015

Collins received surgery to regain full use of his hand.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, shares that Collins’ procedure on his left wrist and hand went well. The dead skin was removed and replaced with skin grafts, and “Collins was discharged out of the hospital in good condition.” With proper care and a clean recovery, “a healed wound will prevent easy contraction of infection and increase Collins’ ability to use his hand.”

Collins’ grandmother hopes for a speedy recovery, and “for the wound to heal so that he doesn’t have to cry often” and can finally use his hand.

Unfortunately, we were unable to obtain a post-operative photo of Collins. When Collins was discharged from the hospital, his grandmother took him home quickly and the hospital staff did not get a chance to take a photograph.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, shares that Collins' procedure on his left wrist and hand went well. The dead sk...

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September 29, 2015

Meet Collins, an active four-year-old boy who lives in Tanzania with his grandmother and siblings. “Collins likes to play with balls and cars,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

Collins was seriously burned in an accident earlier this year.

AMHF explains, “Collins was playing with his little brother. That evening as they were laughing and running around inside the house, Collins accidentally tripped and fell. As he was trying to gain his balance so as not to fall down completely, his left hand went straight inside a pot which was full of boiling water.”

AMHF continues, “Collins is unable to use his left hand due to the contracture of the wrist and he still has a wound. Collins was treated traditionally and ended up with contracture of the wrist. His mother tried her best to take care of her son, but the little that she earns is not enough to cover the cost of treatment which Collins needs.”

$780 in funding will provide Collins with skin graft surgery. After the surgery AMHF expects, “the wound on Collins hand will heal, preventing him from contracting infections. … Later on the release of his wrist can be done to restore the functionality of his hand.”

Collins’ grandmother shares, “My grandson cries a lot when someone touches his hand. He still has a wound which is bothering him. I hope he will get better and regain his ability to use his hand again.”

Meet Collins, an active four-year-old boy who lives in Tanzania with his grandmother and siblings. "Collins likes to play with balls and car...

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Collins's Timeline

  • September 29, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Collins was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 30, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Collins received treatment. 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.

  • October 6, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Collins's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 12, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Collins's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Collins. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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