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Success! Joseph from Kenya raised $1,129 to fund a skin graft.

Joseph
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$1,129
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$0
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2019.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

May 7, 2019

Joseph underwent a skin graft.

Joseph’s surgery has been performed twice. He responded well and the skin graft is healing.

Joseph says, “Thank you for the support. God bless you.”

Joseph’s surgery has been performed twice. He responded well and the skin graft is healing. Joseph says, “Thank you for the support. God ...

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March 5, 2019

Joseph is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. He is a father of one child.

Joseph and his mother were in a car accident late last year, both suffering fractures on their limbs. His wounds have developed infections, necessitating debridement and a skin graft.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Joseph receive treatment. On March 8, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal his infected would. Now, Joseph needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure.

Joseph says, “My prayer is to be treated and provide for my young family.”

Joseph is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. He is a father of one child. Joseph and his mother were in a car accident late last yea...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • March 5, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joseph was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • March 05, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 14, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital. 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 25, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 07, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,129 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,021
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$85
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • 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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68% funded

68%funded
$1,028raised
$472to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Aung

Aung is a 15-year-old novice monk from Hpa-An. He lives with other monks in the monastery. His parents own a piece of land where his father and oldest brother grow vegetables and fruits for sale. The family also grows vegetables for their own consumption. He was born with encephalocele and it was the size of a fingerprint. It grew bigger over the years and was the same size for the last three years before receiving surgery in 2015. He also suffers from hydrocephalus and he received ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VP) in 2016. Two months ago, Aung developed headaches and his head has grown bigger on the right side. At that time, his father bought medicine from the pharmacy to reduce his headaches. He took it for two days, but he did not feel better. Later on, his father took him to Hpa-An hospital where he received a blood test and x-ray. The doctor suggested his father to take him to Yangon but his father returned to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Mae Sot instead of going to Yangon. On February 25th, he arrived at MTC and he was referred to Watsi Medical Partner's Care Center Mae Sot Hospital to be seen the next day. At MSH, the doctor recommended a CT scan, which Watsi donors have also generously supported, and with these results Aung's father was told that doctors need to replace Aung's VP shunt as the previous shunt from 2016 is blocked. Aung’s father said, “I am very worried for him as he is my son and I hope that he will be healthy as soon as possible. In the future, I want him to be a monk for the rest of his life. Because I know my other older sons will not take good care of him as he is not a healthy boy. If he stays at the temple, he can be able to sleep and eat regularly."

68% funded

68%funded
$1,028raised
$472to go