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Success! Felix from Kenya raised $916 to fund fracture surgery on his hand.

Felix
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  • $916 raised, $0 to go
$916
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$0
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Fully funded
Felix's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2021.

Photo of Felix post-operation

December 14, 2021

Felix underwent fracture surgery on his hand and is headed back to school.

Felix’s surgery went successfully and he has now headed back home. This care will prevent complications and will restore use of Felix’s hand, with is a relief to their family.

Felix’s mother said, “I am very thankful to God and to the hospital for the financial support that my son received. If it were only me, I could not make two ends meet. I am looking forward to taking him back to school after recovery.’’

Felix's surgery went successfully and he has now headed back home. This care will prevent complications and will restore use of Felix's hand...

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November 10, 2021

Felix is a 6th grade student and the oldest in a family of 2 siblings. His little brother is three yrs. old and not yet in school. Both of his parents are small-scale farmers, growing maize, beans, and bananas to support their family. During their free time, his parents also till land for other people to earn more for the upkeep of their family. They own a small piece of land, where they have constructed a timber house. They also own a cow that provides them with a little milk to use at home.

In July Felix fell down while playing with his friends. He injured his finger and now is not able to use it and is still in pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 11th, Felix will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After he heals, he will be able to use his left hand freely. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $916 to fund this procedure.

Felix’s mother says, “I am pleading for financial help for my son.’’

Felix is a 6th grade student and the oldest in a family of 2 siblings. His little brother is three yrs. old and not yet in school. Both of h...

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Felix's Timeline

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Felix received treatment at Maua Methodist 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.

  • November 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Felix's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Felix's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Felix's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
ORIF (Non Hip Simple)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $916 for Felix's treatment
Hospital Fees
$328
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$50
Supplies
$440
Labs
$54
Other
$44
  • 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 most common cause. Work-related accidents and violence are others. The condition is more common largely because African roads 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, study, and have a productive and high-quality life.

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 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 a 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 hospital that is well-known for care such as this. Many patients seen 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 the risk of bedsores, blood clots, and hospital-acquired infections.

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