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Success! Beatrice from Kenya raised $1,185 to fund a skin graft to treat her burns.

Beatrice
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  • $1,185 raised, $0 to go
$1,185
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Beatrice's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2022.

Photo of Beatrice post-operation

January 10, 2023

Beatrice underwent a skin graft to treat her burns.

Beatrice’s surgery was a success! The surgeon was able to clean her wound, and Beatrice is no longer experiencing pain. As she recovers, the surgeon will monitor her healing and advise on if and when the other debridement surgery will be done.

Beatrice’s mother said: “Beatrice looks happy and well now. The surgery was okay, and we hope she goes back to school soon.”

Beatrice's surgery was a success! The surgeon was able to clean her wound, and Beatrice is no longer experiencing pain. As she recovers, the...

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October 10, 2022

Beatrice is a student in the fourth grade but has been unable to continue with her studies since she her injury on her right hand. She lives with her parents and four siblings in a one room rental house. Her parents are part-time workers with an inconsistent income and cannot afford her surgery. They are relying on well-wishers to pay her medical bills.

Beatrice sustained a burn on her right hand in early June. She accidentally slipped on boiling water as she was getting out of the bed and sustained serious burns on her right arm. She was admitted to Kiambu Level Five Hospital and stayed there for almost three months where a debridement and a skin graft was done but failed. Her mother shares that the wound has been discharging pus. She was reviewed at our medical partner Kijabe Hospital and doctors agreed that she needs several debridement and skin grafting sessions to save the hand from amputation. She is in pain and unable to use her hand and has not been going to school since she had the accident.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Beatrice receive treatment. On October 11th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to aid in the healing of the wound and help her use the hand again. Now, Beatrice needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure.

Beatrice’s mother says, “My baby has not been attending school since the accident. Her hand has a foul smell, and it might be cut if not treated.”

Beatrice is a student in the fourth grade but has been unable to continue with her studies since she her injury on her right hand. She lives...

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Beatrice's Timeline

  • October 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Beatrice was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Beatrice 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.

  • October 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Beatrice's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Beatrice's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Beatrice's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

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