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Success! Purity from Kenya raised $852 to fund a fracture repair to heal her arm.

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Purity's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2022.

Photo of Purity post-operation

May 9, 2022

Purity underwent a fracture repair to heal her arm.

Purity underwent a fracture repair on her left arm. Her surgery went well and she was discharged home after two days. While in the hospital, Purity was able to play with other children - something that she could never do before because of the pain that she was feeling. Our medical partner shared that she was relating with other children so happily.

The surgery will help her use her upper limb during playtime and especially when she goes back to school. It will also enable her parents to go to work and enable them to get basic needs since she will be able to stay in the company of the other children.

Purity’s mother said, “I am grateful for helping my daughter. At least I can now have peace knowing that she is well and can be able to carry on with her education well. May God bless WATSI.”

Purity underwent a fracture repair on her left arm. Her surgery went well and she was discharged home after two days. While in the hospital,...

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February 22, 2022

Meet Purity! She’s a five-year playful girl who hails from Kachibora in western Kenya. Four days ago Purity sustained a severe injury to her left arm after she fell on the ground while playing with friends in school. She was brought to the hospital by her mother.

Doctors did an x-ray and found a fracture to her left supracondylar. She was in severe pain and just wanted to be with in her mother’s arms. With a fear of large hospital bills, her family left but the social workers from the hospital followed up with them and requested they come back so that Purity can receive treatment.

Purity is the last born child in a family of three. She’s in Kindergarten and already enjoying school a lot. Her mother earns wages from laundry and farm labour in their village while her father works as an electrician. Purity and her family live in a rented two-roomed iron sheet built house.

Purity’s mother shared with us, “She is in pain and crying a lot. It’s really hard as a parent. My prayer and hope are to see her well again. I need to get back to my normal duties in order to support my family.”

Meet Purity! She's a five-year playful girl who hails from Kachibora in western Kenya. Four days ago Purity sustained a severe injury to her...

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Purity's Timeline

  • February 22, 2022

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

  • February 23, 2022

    Purity received treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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.

  • February 28, 2022

    Purity's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 22, 2022

    Purity's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 9, 2022

    Purity's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Kirschner wires (K-Wire)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $852 for Purity's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The common symptoms include extreme pain; inability/difficulty in using body parts. 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.

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

A non-union leads to chronic disability, pain, and inability to work. K-wire is mainly used on children.

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

Kapsowar Hospital serves a remote population where some people do not have money to pay for surgery. For this reason, the hospital has been incurring these costs without compensation.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is reviewed by the surgeon and a K-wire surgery is recommended. The patient meets the SAFE rep who profiles him/her. The patient is given an admission date and on that day, several tests are done in preparation for surgery. After surgery, the patient is admitted for 3 more days where the surgeon rounds on them to gauge recovery. If the patient is progressing well, they are discharged but with a date to return for a treatment review. In total, the patient will have spent 3-4 days in the hospital.

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

Curative. Kirschner wires (K-wires) are stiff, straight wires that are sometimes needed to repair a fracture (broken bone). K-wires are also commonly called ‘pins’. If your child has a fracture that requires surgery, they may need K-wires to help hold the bones in place until they heal. They are most commonly used for supracondylar (elbow) or wrist injuries. Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, sometimes multiple K-wires are needed. K-wires are only needed temporarily – once the bones have healed, the K-wires are removed during an outpatient appointment.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The 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 the removal of the hardware and 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 orthopaedic centres in developing countries. Any American would go to their local hospital and get this procedure. Often patients have received initial care for a fracture at another hospital. Most patients seen in Kapsowar who are in need of a K-wire are mainly patients who have been not been helped in other hospitals. Usually, those hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat them.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Unfortunately the alternative is to not treat the fracture which is common and can lead to continued pain, limited use, and disfigurement.

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