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Success! Charles from Kenya raised $640 to fund a mandible fracture repair.

  • $640 raised, $0 to go
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Charles's treatment was fully funded on November 24, 2020.

Photo of Charles post-operation

April 20, 2020

Charles underwent a mandible fracture repair.

Charles had successful surgery in Watsi Medical Partner’s Kijabe Hospital. His fractured mandible was fixed and Charles’s wound was debrided. He is out of pain but still not able to open his mouth wide. He will be on follow-up visits to assess his recovery progress.

Charles is grateful for the support offered. He said, “Thank you for supporting my surgery. I am grateful to be out of pain and risk of further complications.”

Charles had successful surgery in Watsi Medical Partner's Kijabe Hospital. His fractured mandible was fixed and Charles's wound was debrided...

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February 24, 2020

Charles is a farmer from Kenya. He is married and a father of 7 children, with three of them in school. The cost of their education strains his income and leaves very little to meet daily cost of living. Together with his wife, they tend to their small ancestral land.

In December 2019, he was assaulted by unknown individuals and suffered a fractured mandible. Charles is in pain and cannot chew his food or speak well.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 3rd, Charles will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help Paul heal well and no longer be in pain. He will also be able to chew his food and eat normally. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure.

Charles says, “Previous interventions have not been successful. I am hopeful that in Kijabe, I will have my fracture fixed.”

Charles is a farmer from Kenya. He is married and a father of 7 children, with three of them in school. The cost of their education strains ...

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Charles's Timeline

  • February 24, 2020

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

  • February 24, 2020

    Charles's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 6, 2020

    Charles 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.

  • April 20, 2020

    Charles's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 24, 2020

    Charles's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

ORIF Mandible/Simple
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $640 for Charles'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?

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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