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Nathaniel from Kenya raised $1,500 to treat a bone infection.

Nathaniel
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Fully funded
Nathaniel's treatment was fully funded on July 9, 2016.

Photo of Nathaniel post-operation

September 8, 2016

Nathaniel received successful treatment for his bone infection.

Because Nathaniel’s missing bone segment was not as big as was originally thought, he underwent a bone grafting operation instead of a bone transport. Now that he has completed surgery, he will be able to walk and move around with much ease and less pain after full recovery.

“I am thankful for the assistance accorded to me,” Nathaniel shared. “I look forward to full recovery to be able to provide for my family.”

Because Nathaniel's missing bone segment was not as big as was originally thought, he underwent a bone grafting operation instead of a bone ...

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June 13, 2016

Nathaniel is a 47-year-old man who lives with his wife and two children a three-room house in Kenya. He worked as a driver until he was injured in an accident in 2014.

As a result of his injury, Nathaniel has an infection—known as osteomyelitis—of his lower right leg bone. Typical symptoms of osteomyelitis include recurring pain, redness, swelling, and bone loss.

Nathaniel has been to different facilities for treatment; he has even had previous surgeries in our facility. He now needs bone transport surgery to regenerate the bone that he has lost as a result of the infection. Without treatment, Nathaniel will not be able to walk well again. He may also develop a severe infection, which may lead to amputation of his leg.

During bone transport surgery, an orthopedic surgeon breaks the involved bone and attaches the bone fragments to an external fixation device. As the fracture begins to heal, the external fixator is adjusted to pull the healing fracture apart approximately one millimeter per day. Separating the fragments in this manner promotes bone growth and results in the restoration of the lost bone over time.

Nathaniel has not been able to work since his accident and has to rely on his wife to provide for the family by selling second-hand clothes. His children, who are in college, have to get government bursaries to pay their school fees. The family’s financial situation leaves them unable to raise the full amount of money needed for Nathaniel’s surgery. He thus appeals for financial support.

For $1,500, Nathaniel will undergo bone transport surgery and receive 12 days of hospital care, antibiotic therapy, and physical therapy.

“I want to be well and provide for my family,” shares Nathaniel. “I would like to relieve my wife of the burden of providing for the family alone.”

Nathaniel is a 47-year-old man who lives with his wife and two children a three-room house in Kenya. He worked as a driver until he was inju...

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Nathaniel's Timeline

  • June 13, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nathaniel 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.

  • July 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nathaniel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nathaniel's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 08, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Nathaniel. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

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