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Success! Kome from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund a debridement and skin graft procedure.

Kome
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Fully funded
Kome's treatment was fully funded on May 25, 2021.

Photo of Kome post-operation

April 26, 2021

Kome underwent a debridement and skin graft procedure.

Kome had to undergo a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent an infection of his wound that could result in an amputation. He underwent several successful procedures by both the general and plastic surgery teams including debridement and sequescretomy procedures on April 2nd and April 6th, and later underwent a skin graft procedure by the plastic surgery team on the April 12th. He was discharged home after the doctors were confident that he was healing and ready to return home. Given how far he lives from the hospital, Kome will visit a clinic in his local area to support his full healing and recovery.

Kome’s father shared, “Kome is excited that he is going home, he is hopeful that he will be able to play and go to school after recovery.”

Kome had to undergo a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent an infection of his wound that could result in an amputation. He under...

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April 1, 2021

Kome is a 15-year-old student and his parents fish to earn a living for their family. In December of 2020, Kome’s left leg became swollen and later ruptured exposing the bone. He has since developed a severely infected wound. He is in pain, unable to walk, and has since stopped walking to school. He was undergoing treatment and wound cleaning in his hometown, but unfortunately, his condition has worsened.

After being examined by both general and orthopedic surgeons, he is now scheduled for surgery as an urgent case. Kome requires debridement and a possible sequescretomy to avoid amputation of his infected leg.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Kome receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure. After treatment, Kome will no longer be at risk for a severe bone infection and possible amputation. Now, Kome’s family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Kome’s father shared, “Kome has not been going to school or playing because of the wound. The best we could do is the herbal treatment, but it seems it wasn’t working. He can lose the leg if it is not treated, and that is very sad.”

Kome is a 15-year-old student and his parents fish to earn a living for their family. In December of 2020, Kome's left leg became swollen an...

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Kome's Timeline

  • April 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kome was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kome received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • April 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kome's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kome's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kome's treatment was fully funded.

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