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Success! John from Kenya raised $640 to fund surgery for a broken jaw.

John
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John's treatment was fully funded on July 6, 2017.

Photo of John post-operation

April 14, 2017

John underwent surgery for a broken jaw.

John was successfully treated in our medical partner’s care center. This procedure should reduce the pain he was experiencing. After a full recovery, John will be able to go back to his work providing for his family.

John says, “I am grateful for the help given to me. I will be able to continue working.”

John was successfully treated in our medical partner's care center. This procedure should reduce the pain he was experiencing. After a full ...

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March 9, 2017

John is a father of one child who lives with his family in a rental house in rural Kenya. He is a lorry driver.

In January, John sustained a fracture in his jaw. On the day of the injury, he was taken to a local hospital, where he learned that he needed surgery. However, John and his family could not afford the high cost of the surgery.

If his fracture is not treated, John will be at risk of malunion or nonunion. In other words, his broken jaw may heal improperly, which will cause him continued pain.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund a repair surgery. John’s family will pay $52. He is scheduled to undergo the operation on March 10.

After he receives the proper treatment, John will be able to live a healthy life again. He says, “I want to be well and continue providing for my family.”

John is a father of one child who lives with his family in a rental house in rural Kenya. He is a lorry driver. In January, John sustaine...

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John's Timeline

  • March 9, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 10, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    John 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.

  • March 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    John's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    John's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 6, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    John's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
ORIF Mandible/Simple
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $640 for John'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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