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

Lucy
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  • $640 raised, $0 to go
$640
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lucy's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2019.

Photo of Lucy post-operation

January 1, 2019

Lucy underwent fracture repair surgery.

Lucy had a successful surgery in our medical partner’s facility. She recovered, had physiotherapy sessions, and was discharged.

Lucy’s grandmother says, “I am grateful for the help. My granddaughter was in great pain but has been treated and is recovering.”

Lucy had a successful surgery in our medical partner's facility. She recovered, had physiotherapy sessions, and was discharged. Lucy’s gr...

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December 6, 2018

Lucy is a student from Kenya. She has three siblings and lives with her grandparents. About a week ago, Lucy fractured her humerus, If not treated, the fracture may not heal correctly.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 6, Lucy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. She will no longer be in pain and she will be able to use her hand. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure.

Lucy’s grandmother says, “I am hoping that my granddaughter will be treated. She is in great pain.”

Lucy is a student from Kenya. She has three siblings and lives with her grandparents. About a week ago, Lucy fractured her humerus, If not t...

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Lucy's Timeline

  • December 6, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lucy was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • December 06, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lucy 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 07, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lucy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 01, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lucy's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 01, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lucy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
ORIF Non Hip - Simple
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $640 for Lucy'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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