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Eliphas is a 13-year-old from Kenya who needs $1,130 to fund a surgery to repair his fractured femur.

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June 30, 2020

Eliphas is the fifth born in a family of seven children. He is in the third grade but has had to repeat grade levels due to the financial instability of the family. His older three siblings already had to drop out of school because they could not pay the fees and lacked food. Eliphas’ father died in 2013, so his mother is a widow and has difficulty making ends meet. His mother works as a casual laborer, washing clothes in the neighborhood and sometimes farming for other people. She and her children live in a mud house on a small piece of land.

Eliphas fell and sustained a left femur fracture. If Eliphas does not get the required treatment, he may develop an infection or lose the function of his leg. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is asking for your help to fund the cost of his treatment. Eliphas and his family need $1,130 to fund this mobility-restoring surgery.

Eliphas’ mother shared, “If my son gets help, I shall be very happy and appreciative.”

Eliphas is the fifth born in a family of seven children. He is in the third grade but has had to repeat grade levels due to the financial in...

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Eliphas's Timeline

  • June 30, 2020

    Eliphas was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 01, 2020

    Eliphas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020

    Eliphas received treatment at Maua Methodist 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.

  • July 23, 2020

    Awaiting Eliphas's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.


    Eliphas is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 29 donors

ORIF (IM Nailing)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,130 for Eliphas'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?

The common symptoms include: extreme pain; inability/difficulty in using limbs; deformity of a limb. 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 of this type of condition. Work-related accidents and violence are others. Yes, it 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?

Please refer to the AMH treatment process document.

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 thus, enabling the patient to be able to work and have a productive and high-quality life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

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. In the developed world, any patient would go to their local hospital and get this procedure. Often patients have received initial care for a fracture at another hospital and may have been placed in “traction.” “Traction” 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 regional/referral hospital or hospital that is well known for higher-quality care. Most patients seen in Watsi Medical Partner's Care Centers who are in need of an ORIF are mainly patients who have been not been helped in other hospitals. Usually, those hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat them.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

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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