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Success! Wamutwe from Kenya raised $640 to fund fracture repair.

Wamutwe
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  • $640 raised, $0 to go
$640
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Wamutwe's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2017.

Photo of Wamutwe post-operation

February 2, 2017

Wamutwe underwent successful fracture repair.

His fractured arm was fixed, and he began physiotherapy exercises. Surgery has reduced his risk of malunion or permanent disability. Wamutwe is scheduled for further clinical review to assess his recovery.

Wamutwe says, “I am grateful for the assistance.”

His fractured arm was fixed, and he began physiotherapy exercises. Surgery has reduced his risk of malunion or permanent disability. Wamutwe...

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December 15, 2016

On December 10, Wamutwe was in a road accident that left him with a fractured radius and injuries on his legs and lower jaw. After the accident, he received first aid, and a cast was applied to his injury. Wamutwe has not been about to work since the accident.

Without treatment, he risked infection, a fracture malunion, or permanent disability. Fortunately, Wamutwe underwent an open reduction internal fixation procedure on December 21.

Wamutwe sells boiled pork meat in the local shopping center. His wife is a farm laborer, and they have five children. Wamutwe and his family live on their ancestral land in a three-roomed house. He cannot afford healthcare, so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure.

“I want to be well to continue providing for my family and wife,” says Wamutwe.

On December 10, Wamutwe was in a road accident that left him with a fractured radius and injuries on his legs and lower jaw. After the accid...

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Wamutwe's Timeline

  • December 15, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Wamutwe 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.

  • December 23, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Wamutwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 10, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Wamutwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Wamutwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
ORIF Non Hip - Simple
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $640 for Wamutwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$586
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$22
Supplies
$0
Labs
$32
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

This procedure corrects a severe, poorly aligned fracture where the ends of affected bones are far apart. Such a fracture may occur anywhere in the body (leg, hip, arm, jaw, etc) usually as a result of trauma. Common symptoms include extreme pain, inability/difficulty in using limbs, and deformed limbs.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

A non-union leads to chronic disability, pain, and inability to work.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Car/motorcycle taxi accidents are the number one cause. Work-related accidents and violence are others. The condition is more common largely because African roads (particularly Kenyan roads, where this procedure is approved) are among some of the most dangerous in the world.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

In general, an ORIF (open-reduction internal-fixation) procedure uses rods or plates to bring multiple parts of bone together and help them heal correctly.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Curative. An ORIF fixes the broken bone, restoring it to complete function and enabling the patient to be able to work.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure has medium surgical risk but most trauma patients are young and tolerate the procedure well. Overall, the risk of surgery is less than the risks of the alternative (traction), or doing nothing. There is a risk of the metal becoming infected, which would require antibiotics and perhaps removal of the hardware and a second surgery.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality orthopedic centers in developing countries. Often patients have received initial care for a fracture at another hospital and may have been placed in “traction.” This involves placing the affected limb in a cast under tension for prolonged periods to try to re-align the bones. Those who have funds try to make their way to a place like Kijabe Hospital. Most patients seen in Kijabe who are in need of an ORIF are patients who have been mismanaged in other hospitals. Usually, those hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat them.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

As mentioned, traction is an alternative for some — but not all — cases. And traction requires a patient to be in the hospital, immobile, for months — leading not only to lost wages but risk of bedsores, blood clots, and hospital-acquired infections.

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