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Success! Purity from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund mobility-restoring back surgery to treat an infection.

Purity
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  • $1,185 raised, $0 to go
$1,185
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Purity's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2021.

Photo of Purity post-operation

January 3, 2021

Purity underwent mobility-restoring back surgery to treat an infection.

Purity exclaimed her relief after the debridement and removal of infected hardware in her back. Her pains had greatly reduced and her doctors report that the surgery was successful and went on as planned.

Purity had developed a deep spine infection (SSI) after lumbar surgery that necessitated urgent debridement and removal of hardware. This not only helped to relieve her pain, but also avoided further spine infection that could render her immobile. The medical team shared that Purity should heal and get back to her normal chores soon.

Purity says, “Wow!! I feel so relieved, my pain has reduced and I feel much better. Thank you for your support.”

Purity exclaimed her relief after the debridement and removal of infected hardware in her back. Her pains had greatly reduced and her doctor...

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November 4, 2020

Purity is a 57-year-old woman from Kenya. As she enters our local Watsi rep’s office, Purity strains to sit and cannot hide her pains. She looks uneasy and can’t stop asking when she will be going to the operating theatre. She developed a deep spine infection (surgical site infection) after lumbar surgery that necessitates urgent debridement and removal of hardware. Her current condition is serious and the orthopaedic team has requested an urgent procedure or she risks paralysis.

Purity is a mother of 3, all of whom are now adults. Her youngest son is a student at a local university and still depends on her. Her older son is a casual laborer working with Purity’s husband at construction sites locally referred to as mjengo. Her other son is a police officer and has been the one helping Purity to cover her previous medical bills. Her son took out a loan but it was barely enough to cover her earlier treatment. She is also hoping for support from the National Health Insurance coverage, but her application is pending. She is requesting emergency assistance.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Purity receive treatment. On November 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to finally help heal her wound, reduce her pain, and enable her to ambulate with ease. Now, Purity needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Purity shared, “I couldn’t sleep one more night at home, the pains are unbearable. I have no source of finances to cover for the surgery that will help me get better. I risk paralysis if this procedure is not performed.”

Purity is a 57-year-old woman from Kenya. As she enters our local Watsi rep's office, Purity strains to sit and cannot hide her pains. She l...

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Purity's Timeline

  • November 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Purity was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 4, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Purity 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.

  • November 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Purity's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Purity's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Purity's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

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