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Success! Richard from Uganda raised $133 to fund fracture repair.

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Richard's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2016.

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January 26, 2017

Richard underwent successful fracture repair.

The orthopedic specialist at Bwindi Community Hospital was able to successfully set Richard’s right leg. Fortunately, it was a closed fracture. A complete recovery is expected after the bones heal.

“I want to thank the Village Health Team for letting me know about the Watsi program. Being able to be treated in the hospital saved my leg from worse injury. Thank you to all the donors. May God’s blessing be on them,” says Richard.

The orthopedic specialist at Bwindi Community Hospital was able to successfully set Richard's right leg. Fortunately, it was a closed fractu...

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November 15, 2016

Richard is an 18-year-old young man living in Uganda. He is a student who enjoys reading newspapers and listening to music. His best subjects are mathematics, agriculture, and economics. He also enjoys playing soccer and volleyball.

Last month, Richard sustained a fracture in his right fibula and tibia. He was in pain, and he was unable to move his leg. He received first aid from his school. Then, his friends carried him on a stretcher to our medical partner’s care center, Bwindi Community Hospital.

Richard’s physician recommended he undergo a non-surgical intervention to immobilize his right leg with casting or splinting. He began treatment on November 15. The total cost of the treatment includes medications, imaging, and three days of inpatient care. Richard has contributed four dollars toward his treatment, but he needs help to pay his remaining $133 medical bill.

During recovery, his right leg will will regain normal functionality, and his pain will cease. Richard looks forward to playing soccer and continuing with his studies.

“I pray for God’s protection to the people donating toward my treatment,” shares Richard.

Richard is an 18-year-old young man living in Uganda. He is a student who enjoys reading newspapers and listening to music. His best subject...

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Richard's Timeline

  • November 15, 2016

    Richard was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • November 15, 2016

    Richard received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda. 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.

  • December 20, 2016

    Richard's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2016

    Richard's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 26, 2017

    Richard's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Fracture - Closed
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $133 for Richard's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients are usually in a lot of pain. Depending on the location of the fracture, they may not be able to stand, walk, or use the affected limb. The affected limb may be distorted, and there may be swelling or bruising around the site of the break.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Fractures impact a person’s ability to work and complete normal daily activities. The patients often cannot go to school or work. Their inability to perform daily household activities prevents them from helping their families. In rural Uganda, many people avoid going to the hospital because they are concerned about costs. Instead, they may rely on local "bone setters." If not treated promptly and properly, a fracture can heal incorrectly, leaving the patient with a distorted limb.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Fractures often occur because of high-impact injuries. In the Bwindi area, such injuries often occur during traffic accidents. “Boda bodas,” or motorcycle taxis, are very common throughout Uganda. It is estimated that boda boda accidents account for up to 50% of road traffic accidents. Poorly maintained roads, the lack of helmets, and reckless driving all contribute to the high incidence of boda boda accidents. Other causes of injury are falls from heights, trees, and hills. People can also become injured if they work without safety gear.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The first step is to take an x-ray of the injury to ascertain the number of breaks and to identify fractures requiring skin traction. If there are no complications, the fracture will be set through the closed reduction method, which does not require surgery. If the bone has multiple breaks, however, the open reduction method, which includes surgery, may be needed. A plaster of Paris cast will be applied. If an open reduction surgery is performed, a window will be left in the cast through which to treat the wound. A patient with a simple fracture will remain in the hospital for one to three days. If skin traction was required or open reduction surgery was used to set the bone, he or she may stay longer, allowing doctors to ensure the wound is healing properly. After discharge, the patient will wait for one month before returning to the hospital to have the cast removed or replaced. Recovery will continue at home until the fracture is completely healed.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Prompt and proper treatment of fractures can prevent the malunion or nonunion of bones, and thus the need for further surgery. Malunion or nonunion can leave a patient disabled, cause a limp, or lead to other complications.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are no side effects, except the patient's inability to use the affected limb during healing. Delayed treatment, however, can make it much more difficult to set bones properly.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Before reaching a hospital, patients may receive aid in the form of splints and slings. However, proper care of a fracture should be done at a hospital. The only other hospital is over two hours away by car.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Many people cannot afford to go to the hospital. They will attempt to treat the injury at home with a local bone setter or at a lower-level health facility. This often results in improperly healed fractures.

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