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

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Ann's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2021.

Photo of Ann post-operation

June 10, 2021

Ann underwent a debridement and skin graft procedure.

Our medical partner just shared an update on how Ann is doing. She was in the hospital for over a month as her wound was severe and required more than one procedure. After these weeks, doctors felt she was ready to return home and her family will come back to the clinic to follow-up care.

Ann’s mother says, “Seeing Ann smile again is so relieving. Thank you for the support.”

Our medical partner just shared an update on how Ann is doing. She was in the hospital for over a month as her wound was severe and required...

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March 3, 2021

Ann is a 2-year-old girl from Kenya. Ann’s mother is a single parent of two children, and Ann’s younger sibling is five months old. Her mother works as a casual laborer finding work to support their family.

In October 2020, Ann sustained severe burns. She had been visiting her aunt in a different town to spend the holiday with her cousins. While playing in the kitchen, one of the kids accidentally pushed her, and she tripped into a cooking pot with boiling water, causing serious burns. Currently, Ann has an infection that is causing her pain and a fever. She is also not able to move her left elbow, left shoulder, and neck. Ann’s family does not have medical coverage, and has been depending on aid from well-wishers to pay for Ann’s hospital bills.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Ann receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help treat the infection and prevent sepsis. Now, Ann’s family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Ann’s mother shared: “I am sorry the wound is getting worse. I haven’t been able to go to the hospital due to a lack of funds. I am here and Ann is at your mercy.”

Ann is a 2-year-old girl from Kenya. Ann's mother is a single parent of two children, and Ann's younger sibling is five months old. Her moth...

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Ann's Timeline

  • March 3, 2021

    Ann was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 4, 2021

    Ann 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.

  • March 4, 2021

    Ann's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 6, 2021

    Ann's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 10, 2021

    We received an update on Ann. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,185 for Ann's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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