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Success! Joseph from Kenya raised $1,042 to fund hip surgery.

Joseph
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  • $1,042 raised, $0 to go
$1,042
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

June 14, 2017

Joseph received successful hip surgery.

Although he will have regular check-ups at the clinic to assess his recovery, he is already feeling better and has reduced his likelihood for hip complications in the future.

Joseph says, “Thank you for the assistance. I hope to complete my recovery before admission to the university.”

Although he will have regular check-ups at the clinic to assess his recovery, he is already feeling better and has reduced his likelihood fo...

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February 27, 2017

Joseph is a 20-year-old man from rural Kenya. He graduated secondary school in 2016 and is currently waiting to join the university.

Early in February, Joseph was involved in a motorcycle accident, during which he sustained a hip fracture. If left untreated, he will be at risk of permanent disability and arthritic complications.

“I passed my high school exams and am supposed to join university in September,” Joseph says. “I pray that I get well and am able to earn some school fees for myself.”

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,042 to fund a fracture repair procedure for Joseph. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 1 at our medical partner’s care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. After treatment, Joseph is expected to make a full recovery and be able to join the university.

Joseph is a 20-year-old man from rural Kenya. He graduated secondary school in 2016 and is currently waiting to join the university. Earl...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • February 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 02, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph 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.

  • March 03, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
ORIF Hip
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,042 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$893
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$47
Supplies
$0
Labs
$68
Other
$34
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Common symptoms include extreme pain and 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.

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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