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Success! Robert from Kenya raised $672 to fund hip fracture surgery to return to work.

Robert
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Robert's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2021.

Photo of Robert post-operation

August 8, 2021

Robert underwent fracture repair surgery to be able to return to work.

Robert was involved in a road traffic accident and sustained twin fractures of midshaft femur fracture and proximal tibia and fibula fracture. Doctors scheduled his right femur ORIF surgery first and he underwent the procedure. He’s recovering well at home and feels hopeful that better days are ahead. His next surgery will be later this month, which should offer full healing and get him back to being more active.

Robert says, “I am making good progress. I know I will be able to use my legs again and to get back on my feet and support myself and my kids.”

Robert was involved in a road traffic accident and sustained twin fractures of midshaft femur fracture and proximal tibia and fibula fractur...

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June 29, 2021

Robert is a matatu, or public transportation, driver and the father of two children aged 16 and 7 years. He recently separated from his wife, so Robert currently lives alone in their home in Magina, Kenya.

On the June 26th, Robert was injured in a road accident and sustained twin fractures on his thigh and leg. Robert is now unable to walk on his own.

Fortunately, our partner surgeons can help. On June 30th, Robert is scheduled to undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, to help him walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $672 to fund this procedure.

Robert is anxious to return to work, “My legs are my source of livelihood. I need this surgery to be able to get back on my feet and fend for myself and my kids.”

Robert is a matatu, or public transportation, driver and the father of two children aged 16 and 7 years. He recently separated from his wife...

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Robert's Timeline

  • June 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 30, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Robert 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.

  • July 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Robert's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Robert's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Robert's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
ORIF Mandible/Simple
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $672 for Robert's treatment
Hospital Fees
$586
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$22
Supplies
$0
Labs
$32
Other
$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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