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Success! Mercy from Kenya raised $1,129 to fund a burn repair surgery.

Mercy
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  • $1,129 raised, $0 to go
$1,129
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mercy's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2019.

Photo of Mercy post-operation

February 16, 2020

Mercy underwent a burn repair surgery.

Mercy has had multiple surgeries during her stay in the ward. Her surgeon does not plan to need to complete further surgeries as they are hopeful of her positive recovery. She had skin graft loss requiring repeat debridement and skin grafting. She is currently receiving daily dressing. Mercy’s mother is grateful that her daughter is healing well.

Mercy’s mother says, “Thank you donors for your continued support. I am hopeful that my child will heal completely.”

Mercy has had multiple surgeries during her stay in the ward. Her surgeon does not plan to need to complete further surgeries as they are ho...

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December 10, 2019

Mercy is a baby from Kenya with a family from a humble background. Her mother earns wages from laundry business in the neighborhood while her father is a casual laborer in construction sites.

In October 2018, Mercy, while playing with friends, fell in a pot of boiling maize. She sustained scalp and back burns and was admitted for four months in a nearby hospital. Several graftings were done failed and her mother retorted to dressing the young child from home. If not treated, she is at risk of infection.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mercy receive treatment. On December 11th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure so she will not be at risk of infection and will heal well. Now, Mercy needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure.

Mercy’s mother says, “My prayer is to see Mercy heal and lead a normal life that will be fulfilling.”

Mercy is a baby from Kenya with a family from a humble background. Her mother earns wages from laundry business in the neighborhood while he...

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Mercy's Timeline

  • December 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mercy 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.

  • December 11, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mercy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mercy's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mercy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,129 for Mercy'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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