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Success! James from Kenya raised $1,094 to fund a hip fracture repair.

James
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$1,094
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$0
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Fully funded
James's treatment was fully funded on November 23, 2020.

Photo of James post-operation

September 23, 2020

James underwent his hip fracture repair.

Our medical partner shared that James is relieved to finally undergo his ORIF surgery. Upon admission, James was unable to walk and remained bedridden. However, after the surgery, he is now able to walk again and was discharged home. Upon fully healing will be able to walk with ease and get back to his routine duties, including working to earn a living.

“I can now walk again and I hope to get better soon. Thank you for the assistance both medical and financial,” James said.

Our medical partner shared that James is relieved to finally undergo his ORIF surgery. Upon admission, James was unable to walk and remained...

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July 28, 2020

James is a young man from Kenya. He is single and works as a bus conductor on the Kiambu-Nairobi route. He is on a daily contract and earns an average $3 depending on the day. For the last three months, he has been jobless following the government COVID-19 restrictions that are in place. James shared that his mother is elderly and depends on farming for upkeep. His father passed on years ago.

On the 22nd of July, James accidentally hit a brick wall when the vehicle lost control while he was driving the bus to work. James was injured in the accident and fractured his hip. He is now in chronic pain and cannot walk.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 29th, James will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,094 to fund this procedure.

James says, “I will be happy to get help so that I can get back to work and help my elderly mother who depends on me.”

James is a young man from Kenya. He is single and works as a bus conductor on the Kiambu-Nairobi route. He is on a daily contract and earns ...

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James's Timeline

  • July 28, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 29, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    James 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.

  • July 30, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    James's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    James's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    James's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
ORIF Hip
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,094 for James'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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