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Success! Mary from Kenya raised $1,129 to fund a skin graft on her foot.

Mary
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  • $1,129 raised, $0 to go
$1,129
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Mary's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Mary post-operation

August 22, 2017

Mary underwent a skin graft on her foot.

Mary’s surgery was a success. She has had her wounds cleaned and grafted. The surgery has reduced the chance of further infections in her wounds. Mary’s recovery has thus far been smooth and stable. After discharge Mary will be able to move with ease again and she will continue her physiotherapy sessions to ensure full recovery.

Mary says, “I hope that soon I will be able to leave the hospital and continue working for myself. I am happy that Watsi is assisting with my bills.”

Mary’s surgery was a success. She has had her wounds cleaned and grafted. The surgery has reduced the chance of further infections in her wo...

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May 15, 2017

Mary—fondly called “Cucu,” the local name for “grandmother”—is a 70-year-old woman who lives in Kenya. She has six children, all of whom have left home and started their own families.

Mary knows the benefits of traditional foods. She cultivates, prepares, and eats arrowroot, sweet potatoes, and other traditional foods daily to prevent lifestyle diseases. Unfortunately, in November of 2016, as Mary was preparing her sweet potatoes, her right foot was burned by hot water. Her toes were amputated, and she spent several days in the hospital, where her burns were treated and dressed.

In April 2016, Mary’s family noticed that the wound from her burn had not healed and took her to AIC Kijabe Hospital, a facility associated with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Mary will need to undergo a skin graft to help the wound heal, but her family is unable to cover the costs. Her children support her daily needs, but they are drained financially due to her past medical bills. Without treatment, Mary could develop an infection, requiring amputation of her right foot.

AMHF requests $1,129 to pay for a skin graft on Mary’s foot. Funding also covers the costs of 14 nights in the hospital, lab tests, pain medicine, and antibiotics. Mary’s surgery is scheduled for May 17.

“I want to be well and continue working for myself,” shares Mary. “I am still strong.”

Mary—fondly called "Cucu," the local name for "grandmother"—is a 70-year-old woman who lives in Kenya. She has six children, all of whom hav...

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Mary's Timeline

  • May 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mary 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.

  • May 30, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 22, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mary's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Debridement & Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,129 for Mary'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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