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Success! Lucy from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund treatment for an infection so she can work again.

Lucy
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  • $1,185 raised, $0 to go
$1,185
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$0
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Fully funded
Lucy's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2021.

Photo of Lucy post-operation

August 25, 2021

Lucy underwent treatment for an infection so she can work again.

Lucy had a post-hip replacement infection that needed a debridement and polyethylene liner change. This was aimed at stopping infection and accelerating healing of her hip, which is threatening her mobility. She previously underwent total hip replacement as a result of severe arthritis. The site of surgery got an infection that prompted a debridement, but Lucy was financially constrained. With assistance from Watsi donors, she was able to undergo the procedure she needed. Doctors deemed her treatment successful and she is now back home and recovering well!

Lucy says, “I am happy all went well and I was able to get treatment. Soon I may be able to go back and run my fish business.”

Lucy had a post-hip replacement infection that needed a debridement and polyethylene liner change. This was aimed at stopping infection and ...

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June 27, 2021

Lucy is a fishmonger who sells fish in an eatery in Naivasha, Kenya. As a mother of three, she was widowed in 1997 and has been raising her children by herself. Now, her children are all adults in their twenties, but do not yet have stable jobs.

Lucy underwent total hip replacement 6 weeks ago as a result of severe arthritis. She was discharged after she showed signs of recovery. However, two weeks ago she started experiencing prolonged pain, difficulty walking, and infection in the wound. It turns out that she has a post-hip replacement infection and needs a debridement and polyethylene liner change to stop the infection and accelerate healing of her hip.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is able to help. On June 28th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure, and AMH is requesting $1,185 for the treatment.

Lucy has not been able to go to work for over two months now. Lucy reveals, “I am almost closing down my fish business due to this sickness. For some months now, I have been on and off at hospitals to treat the hip. My children and I rely on this business and I need to get well soon or I will not be able to take care of my family and myself. ”

Lucy is a fishmonger who sells fish in an eatery in Naivasha, Kenya. As a mother of three, she was widowed in 1997 and has been raising her ...

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Lucy's Timeline

  • June 27, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lucy was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 28, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lucy 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.

  • June 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lucy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lucy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lucy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

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