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Success! Melany from Colombia raised $1,362 to fund hip surgery to help her walk.

Melany
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Fully funded
Melany's treatment was fully funded on March 24, 2022.
February 4, 2022

Melany is a joyful six-year-old girl from Colombia. She lives with her great-grandmother as he mother left when she was two years old. Melany loves to play with her “nana”, and laughs a lot. Melany was born with Cerebral Palsy, and her great grandmother has been incredibly supportive in her treatment through the years, ensuring that she has the best possible prognosis.

Due to her condition, Melany experiences recurrent hip dislocation and requires corrective surgery to help her walk. Fortunately, our medical partner, Clínica Noel, is helping Melany receive treatment. On February 14th, she will undergo corrective surgery, and, now, she and her family need help raising $1,362 to fund her procedure and care.

Melany’s great-grandmother shared, “my biggest motivation is seeing her walk by herself, or at least depend a little less on me. I’m afraid to die and leave her alone in a world where she only has me and her uncle.”

Melany is a joyful six-year-old girl from Colombia. She lives with her great-grandmother as he mother left when she was two years old. Melan...

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Melany's Timeline

  • February 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Melany was submitted by Sofía Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at Clínica Noel.

  • February 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Melany's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Melany was scheduled to receive treatment at Clínica Noel in Colombia. 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 24, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Melany's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Melany's treatment update from Clínica Noel.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Hip Dislocation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,362 for Melany's treatment
Hospital Fees
$774
Medical Staff
$493
Medication
$95
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Common symptoms include: muscle spasms, swelling or discoloration, or leg position is rotated inward or outward. This causes inability to move the leg, inability to bear weight on the leg, and loss of feeling in the hip or foot.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

A dislocated hip joint can damage the nearby nerves, blood vessels and tissues, which may need to be repaired separately. Sometimes, this damage can have long-term consequences, including: nerve damage, osteonecrosis, and arthritis.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients can visit a specialized institution, and even if possible, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment or to travel to the city where they are going to get surgery.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

When patients visit an orthopedist, the doctor orders x-rays to decide the best treatment approach when in surgery.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment prevents damage to nerves and increased ability of the patient to walk again.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Redislocation is the greatest risk with closed or open reductions of the hip. Interruption of blood flow to the hip (avascular necrosis) may also occur. Infection, bleeding, and injury to surrounding tissues are possible complications when an open reduction is performed.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives to this treatment.

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Kaptuya

Kaptuya is a widow and a happy mother of three sons and a daughter from the semi-arid area of Baringo County in Kenya. Her husband passed away some years back after a short illness. Kaptuya and her children live in a semi-permanent three room house on her late husband's piece of land in an area well known for insecurity and cattle rustling. During the rainy season, they plant maize and millet that sometimes yields enough for both her school-aged children, and for her to sell. Currently, the area is faced with drought and famine, so they depend on relief food from the government and from well-wishers due to the lack of rain experienced this year. Six months ago, Kaptuya applied for a job as a housekeeper at a nearby health center. She was happy knowing that she would earn some money, and that the facility would pay for her medical coverage, but unfortunately that did not happen. The salary was also inconsistent and, thus, unreliable. In 2013, when Kaptuya was expecting her last born, she developed a growth at her neck which gradually increased in size. Kaptuya began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, which is most visible on the right side. She currently experiences shortness of breath, especially at night, and she sleeps with difficulty. She also has a fast heart rate, and easily gets tired, which affects her daily duties. She was diagnosed with non-toxic goiter, or an irregular growth of the thyroid. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Kaptuya receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 22nd. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Kaptuya says, “I am the only hope for my dear children. I live because of them, and my well-being keeps them going. I would like to get well so that I may continue working in order to support them to pursue their dreams. Please assist me.”

56% funded

56%funded
$533raised
$403to go

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