Nageli is an 11-year-old girl, living in a small, remote village in Ngorongoro, Tanzania. She is a diligent student, currently attending primary school. While she aspires to become a nurse, she and her family - her parents and two siblings - live within the confines of a Maasai society, so that her family’s sustenance and income revolve around livestock husbandry.
When Nageli was five years old, her mother entrusted her to retrieve a flask of hot tea from the kitchen. On her way back to her mother, Nageli stumbled, spilling the hot tea onto her neck. Due to their village’s remoteness, and the absence of a nearby health center, the family administered first aid at home. Because proper wound care wasn’t available, Nageli endured a prolonged healing process. While traditional remedies were employed, her wound persisted for three to four months.
During an outreach visit to their village, a team from our medical partner encountered Nageli, and informed her parents about a potential treatment for their daughter’s condition. With the aid of their church community, Nageli and her father undertook the journey to our medical partner’s facility, hoping to find a solution for the burn scar contractures that have developed, stiffening Nageli’s neck, and limiting her neck’s range of motion.
Fortunately, African Mission Healthcare is helping Nageli receive treatment. On August 16th, surgeons will perform a burn contracture release surgery to ease the stiffness in Nageli’s neck, which will improve her range of motion. Now, her family needs your help to fund this $639 procedure.
Nageli says: “I wish to walk and have fun again with my friends while going for long walks to fetch water and firewood.”