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Geoffrey is a young man from Kenya who needs $640 to fund jaw fracture repair surgery.

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February 14, 2018

Geoffrey is a 25-year-old man from Kenya. He works as a motorcycle taxi operator.

In September 2017, Geoffrey fell off his motorcycle and fractured his mandible. He was treated at a local hospital and was recuperating well, so he returned to riding his motorcycle. Unfortunately, he fell again and re-fractured his mandible. Now, Geoffrey is in pain, and he is unable to chew or speak comfortably.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 15, Geoffrey will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help Geoffrey heal and regain his ability to chew and speak. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure.

Geoffrey says, “I really want to be well and help my mother and progress in my life.”

Geoffrey is a 25-year-old man from Kenya. He works as a motorcycle taxi operator. In September 2017, Geoffrey fell off his motorcycle an...

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Geoffrey's Timeline

  • February 14, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 14, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Geoffrey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 15, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Geoffrey 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.

  • February 27, 2018
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Geoffrey's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Geoffrey is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
ORIF Non Hip - Simple
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $640 for Geoffrey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$586
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$22
Supplies
$0
Labs
$32
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

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. Common symptoms include extreme pain, inability/difficulty in using limbs, and deformed limbs.

​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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