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Success! Vincent from Kenya raised $940 to treat an ulcer on his foot.

Vincent
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Fully funded
Vincent's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2016.

Photo of Vincent post-operation

September 4, 2016

Vincent received treatment for the ulcer on his foot.

Vincent underwent successful debridement, followed by another debridement and vacuum-assisted closure (VAC). He is recovering well and upon full recovery, Vincent will be able to walk with much ease and less pain. The surgery has reduced chances of further wound infection. He is scheduled to continue with clinical check ups in our facility to assess progress on his healing.

“Thanks for the support,” Vincent shared. “I look forward to full recovery to provide for my family. God bless you.”

Vincent underwent successful debridement, followed by another debridement and vacuum-assisted closure (VAC). He is recovering well and upon ...

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June 13, 2016

Vincent is a 44-year-old man who lives with his wife and three children—ages two through eight—in a two-room rental house in Kenya. He used to work as a city council guard—commonly called council askaris—before he broke his right lower leg in a road accident in May 2007.

After the accident, Vincent underwent a plating surgery to treat his broken leg. Five years later, he noted an area of swelling on his right leg. He sought medical attention for the swelling and learned that it was a cancerous tumor. Vincent started radiotherapy sessions in March 2013 at Kenyatta National Hospital.

In 2015, after receiving a total of 24 radiotherapy sessions for his leg, Vincent came to Kijabe hospital with a wound on his right leg. Doctors performed an incisional biopsy and determined that Vincent has a wound ulcer that requires a skin graft and debridement. If not treated, Vincent is at risk of a severe infection, which may result in amputation of his leg.

Vincent has not been able to work since the accident in 2007. House rent and other household expenses are met by his wife, who sells vegetables at a small green grocery. Given the family’s financial situation, Vincent is unable to raise the amount of money needed for the treatment.

$940 pays for the surgery that Vincent needs as well as 14 days of hospital care, including meals, pain medicine, antibiotics, and lab tests. Vincent’s family and friends are contributing $156 to cover additional costs associated with his care.

“I want to be treated and be able to provide for my family,” shares Vincent. “My medical journey has been long, and I want to be able to start helping my family as I used to do.”

Vincent is a 44-year-old man who lives with his wife and three children—ages two through eight—in a two-room rental house in Kenya. He used ...

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Vincent's Timeline

  • June 13, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vincent 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.

  • July 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vincent's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vincent's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 04, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vincent's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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