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Success! Samuel from Kenya raised $1,094 to fund fracture surgery to walk again.

Samuel
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  • $1,094 raised, $0 to go
$1,094
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$0
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Fully funded
Samuel's treatment was fully funded on April 4, 2021.

Photo of Samuel post-operation

March 30, 2021

Samuel underwent fracture surgery to walk again.

Samuel was scheduled for ORIF hip procedure after he sustained multiple fractures of the pelvis, elbow, and femur. The hip surgery revealed that Samuel’s wound had an infection which necessitated additional debridement. Additionally, Samuel’s hand also had an advanced infection in left humerus canal and therefore it was found that an urgent amputation was necessary to help stop the infection from spreading. Samuel will need to be under observation for a while before being discharged home.

Samuel’s mother shared, “I am thankful that he got the medical intervention and saved his leg. But I was shocked to learn that he will lose his hand due to infection. I wish we had resources to take him to the hospital early he could have saved both his legs and arm.”

Samuel was scheduled for ORIF hip procedure after he sustained multiple fractures of the pelvis, elbow, and femur. The hip surgery revealed ...

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February 8, 2021

Samuel is a young student from Kenya. He is the third child in a family of four. His mother is a widow who is raising the family on her own. His father passed away three years ago and his mother works as a manual laborer washing clothes for a living.

Around November 2020, Samuel fell from a bridge and landed in water resulting in multiple fractures of his pelvis, elbow, and femur. These fractures have made him immobile and unable to use his limbs. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 8th, Samuel will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal and walk again. He will also not be in pain anymore. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,094 to fund this procedure.

Samuel’s mother says, “My son cannot stop crying, and he is in so much pain. He cannot walk or use his hand. Kindly help Samuel walk again.”

Samuel is a young student from Kenya. He is the third child in a family of four. His mother is a widow who is raising the family on her own....

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Samuel's Timeline

  • February 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samuel 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.

  • February 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samuel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
ORIF Hip
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,094 for Samuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$945
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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