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Success! Ashleyn from Kenya raised $1,089 to fund burn treatment.

Ashleyn
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Fully funded
Ashleyn's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2021.

Photo of Ashleyn post-operation

January 7, 2022

Ashleyn underwent burn treatment.

Ashleyn first came to Kapsowar hospital with 45% burns across her chest, back, arms and limbs. The wounds were initially slow to heal, taking more than a month to close completely, which made her susceptible to infection. After days of rehabilitation and care, Ashleyn’s injuries became stable, and all of her wounds started healing. Although mobility remained an issue, her conditions started getting better. For faster healing, her doctors advised that she needed a skin graft which was successfully done. Ashleyn has now undergone two surgeries which have given her mobility in her neck and chest as well as her arms. Her treatment has relieved the pain in her back and shoulders and has given her the ability to reach, carry, and lift things again.

After having trained her mum to do safe dressing changes at home, Ashleyn was finally discharged from the hospital with a month’s worth of medications. She will soon begin her physiotherapy to bring movement back to her hand. Little Ashleyn now has the freedom to walk around as much as she wants.

Ashleyn’s father says, “We are so happy and also relieved as a family and have called this a miracle. We are happy with the outcome of the surgery. She is happy and healthy.”

Ashleyn first came to Kapsowar hospital with 45% burns across her chest, back, arms and limbs. The wounds were initially slow to heal, takin...

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November 1, 2021

Ashleyn is the third and last-born child in their family. Her parents are maize farmers in Transzoia County in Kenya. Three weeks ago, Ashleyn was playing with her elder brother at their home while her mum was cooking. Her mum left and Ashleyn fell over a pot of boiling oil, causing her to badly burn her hand and chest. Her mother immediately took her to the nearby government hospital where she was admitted for 10 days. She was being dressed daily but her condition kept worsening. She was then referred to our medical partner’s care center and they had to travel for several hours to get from her hometown to the hospital where she was seen by the doctors. Ashleyn needed urgent medical attention whereby she was transfused and treated for pneumonia as she continued being dressed. She recovered well and now she has been deemed fit for surgery where she will need skin grafting to heal her chronic non-healing wounds where she was burned.

The wounds are very painful and this has caused so much worry for her parents. They are concerned about their daughter’s future.

While admitted at the other hospital, Ashleyn’s medical costs rose to $600 forcing her parents to borrow money from a local money lender with very high-interest rates to pay the bills. They are still paying off the debt to date. Now their family has no money available and her mother explained that paying for this surgery would be impossible for them.

Ashleyn is urgently in need of care and the skin grafting will help her heal faster. The family is requesting for help so that Ashleyn can undergo the surgery and be well again.

Ashleyn’s father says, “My daughter was in a bad condition when she was referred to Kapsowar Hospital. We now have new hope after we were told that she is progressing well and that her surgery will make her heal fast. I have found the strength to see the positive in her situation.”

Ashleyn is the third and last-born child in their family. Her parents are maize farmers in Transzoia County in Kenya. Three weeks ago, Ashle...

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Ashleyn's Timeline

  • November 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ashleyn received treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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.

  • November 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ashleyn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ashleyn's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 7, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ashleyn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Skin Grafting and Debridement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,089 for Ashleyn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$482
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$127
Supplies
$306
Labs
$24
Other
$147
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Symptoms include burns, open wounds, pain and Inability/difficulty in movement and mobility, 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 treatment 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 AMH partner hospitals, other approaches such as antibiotics and dressing changes have already been tried.

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Gebreegziabher is a brave, young, and fun boy who loves to hangout with his friends. He loves to play chase and other games with his friends and brothers. He has five siblings and shared with us that he loves goats! Gebreegziabher never went to school because of his condition. He is a shepherd and helps to keep the sheep and goats of his parents. Because of his condition, he has endured bullying, but he continues to be brave and his dad shared: “He is so strong despite his sickness. When others pick on him and speak bad things about him and things related to his disease he even gets in to fights.” Gebreegziabher's mom and dad counsel him and comfort him and help him to bring out self-confidence and strength. His dad and his mom are farmers and his mom takes care of all the household chores. Dad said: “Our area is dry. We work hard and farm but the harvest is poor with lack of rain. We purchase food because our harvest is not enough to support the family.” They also raise animals to support themselves. The community survives with the dry land and the scarcity of food by donations from the government and NGOs. But the past two years they couldn’t get the donation since they are in the war zone. For these reasons they can’t afford the medical bill for their son. Gebreegziabher was born with congenital anomaly called bladder extrophy. That is an abnormally where the bladder is open to air. Given the pain and risk of infection, he just ties clothes around the wound. His mom is very much worried and concerned because of his condition. She shared that she has excluded herself from the community for years in taking care of him and raises him and recalls that when growing up, he would sit faraway from others and boys in his age. They keep up hope for better days ahead and are a loving family who support each other the best they can. His Dad said: “He learned to exclude himself from others growing up. We are sad as a family because of his condition. The neighbor insults us, discriminate us and we feel so sad about this. We couldn’t tell what will happen to him. And we bring him to God always.”

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