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Success! Buradina from Uganda raised $255 to fund leg surgery to heal her infection.

Buradina
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$255
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Buradina's treatment was fully funded on July 2, 2022.

Photo of Buradina post-operation

August 8, 2022

Buradina underwent leg surgery to heal her infection.

Buradina is feeling relieved after a successful below knee amputation surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery has reduced the chances of her infection worsening and spreading in her body. Her doctors shared that she will live a much more comfortable life from now onwards. She will even be able to take on farming again through supervision using her walking sticks and as she gains more mobility.

Buradina shared, “I’d like to thank this donor program for giving me hope of living a pain free life once again. I thank you for funding my surgery, my entire family is happy. May God protect and bless your ideas forever.”

Buradina is feeling relieved after a successful below knee amputation surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery has reduced the chances of ...

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June 2, 2022

Buradina is a 65-year-old small scale farmer who lives with her husband. Together they have four children who are now grown and starting families of their own.

Two months ago, Buradina stepped on a thorn that pierced one of the toes on her left foot. She pulled it out using her hand, but part of it remained in the toe. Her daughter tried to remove the thorn, but was also unable to do so. Buradina’s foot started to swell, and so she was taken to the hospital. While at the hospital for treatment - which ultimately was unsuccessful - Buradina was diagnosed with diabetes. Fortunately she traveled to our medical partner’s care center Rushoroza Hospital where her diabetes was stabilized. As the original wound on her toe hadn’t healed, the infection now spread to her foot. The doctors have worked with Buradina to make the best medical plan and an amputation of her leg below the knee is now the only option for Buradina as her foot is septic, which can be life threatening.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $255 to fund Buradina’s surgery, which is scheduled for June 3rd at Rushoroza Hospital. Once completed, this procedure should allow her to live more comfortably. After recovering, Buradina is most looking forward to being able to work around the house, since she may no longer be able to work on the farm.

Buradina says: “I am in pain and my condition is worsening. My family cannot afford the surgery and my only hope to live a better life is through surgery. I hope and pray that I may be considered for treatment.”

Buradina is a 65-year-old small scale farmer who lives with her husband. Together they have four children who are now grown and starting fam...

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Buradina's Timeline

  • June 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Buradina was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Buradina received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital in Uganda. 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.

  • June 6, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Buradina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Buradina's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Buradina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Major Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $255 for Buradina's treatment
Hospital Fees
$149
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$25
Supplies
$49
Labs
$20
Other
$12
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Symptoms include: inability/difficulty in walking, severe pain, serious infection, non-healing ulcer. Amputation may be required for a large number of reasons, including trauma with irreversible or life-threatening damage to the limb; infection; snakebite; cancer or tumour; diabetes; damage to the blood vessels.

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

If a person has such a severe condition of the leg, then they will not be able to walk alone, work, study, or support their families. And the condition could be deadly if the amputation is not done.

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

It happen because often conditions which could have been treated earlier were not attended to because of lack of access to medical services in Africa.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Please refer to the AMH treatment process document.

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

Life-saving in the presence of infection, dead limb, or cancer. If the leg is useless or painful, then removing it will allow placement of a prosthesis (accounted for in the cost) and an increase in functional status.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Very treatable if caught in time. An amputation is not considered a high-risk surgical procedure. Any other diseases (like HIV or diabetes) will need to be treated at the same time.

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

Access to surgeons who can safely and cleanly perform amputations is not common. Patients will often go to traditional healers or small dispensaries receiving ineffective treatments before arriving at an equipped hospital.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If there is an infection or cancer, medicines (or radiation for cancer) may halt the disease. But usually by the time the patient has been referred to the surgeon it is too late.

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Cleophas

Cleophas is a 23-year-old farmer and student from a Kenyan family of eleven. He is studying at a technical training institute, and grows potatoes to help him pay his school fees. His wife is also a student taking an information technology course at the same institute, and they have a 2-year-old son. When schools are in session, they live in a rental house near their school, but during the holiday they stay at home and focus on farming as it is their main source of income. Cleophas was preparing timber for repair of their maize store, when one of the timbers fell on his leg and injured him. The heavy timber broke his leg, and when he was examined, he had a large wound on his left leg with tendons and proximal tibia exposed. He was rushed to theatre for incision and drainage and his fracture was stabilized with a long leg posterior splint. Now Cleophas is unable to use his swollen and painful leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 8th, Cleophas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Cleophas will no longer be in pain, he will be able to use his leg and work to provide for family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this medical procedure. Cleophas says, "I am the sole bread winner in the family. Sometimes I give a helping hand to my parents so that my siblings can study. I feel so sorry for myself now that I cannot use my limb. Please help me so that my family may not suffer.”

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