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Thomas from Kenya raised $1,500 to fund a fracture repair procedure.

Thomas
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Thomas's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2020.

Photo of Thomas post-operation

December 24, 2020

Thomas underwent a fracture repair procedure.

Thomas underwent a humerus ORIF surgery after sustaining a twin fracture of the tibia and humeral shaft following a hit and run accident. His original surgery plan was a tibial and humerus ORIF. However, intraoperatively, the surgeon assessed that his tibia would heal without necessarily having an implant so he only had a humerus implant.

Thomas had accrued a huge bill after his accident that was deterring him from accessing the needed surgeries that doctors had recommended. However, after the support by WATSI, he was able to undergo the Humerus ORIF surgery that will help him use his arm well.

Thomas was discharged on December 22nd but still in the hospital ward as he also has no relatives to get him. His case is being cared for by the hospital management and social workers to see how he can safely get to his rental place a few kilometres from the hospital and continue healing.

Thomas says with a proud smile, “Look, I can now move my arms and grip a cup. This was not possible before the surgery. Thank you for the help.”

Thomas underwent a humerus ORIF surgery after sustaining a twin fracture of the tibia and humeral shaft following a hit and run accident. Hi...

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December 7, 2020

Thomas is a 45-year-old laborer from Uganda who came to Kenya in search of a livelihood. He is the oldest child in a family of 5 children. His mother passed in 2005, and his father left the family, which forced him to come to Kenya to search for a job. Thomas has four children aged between 4 and 17 years of age. They currently live with their mother.

In November, Thomas suffered right tibia and humerus fractures after being knocked by a hit and run vehicle. While crossing the road along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway, he was hit by a vehicle that took off immediately. Left unconscious, he could not remember subsequent events, but he was rushed to the hospital and admitted. As a result of the accident, Thomas cannot move nor use his hand and leg, and is in constant pain. He cannot move on his own and needs a wheelchair to move around. For the last three weeks, Thomas has been bedridden, and has had no visitors because none of his family can be reached.

Doctors recommended a humerus ORIF surgery to correct the fracture. Though he was scheduled for surgery, it was cancelled because he was unable to raise money. Thomas normally works as a casual laborer, loading and off-loading building stones, at a construction site along the highway. His daily income is about $USD3 a day and generally inconsistent, depending on the availability of work. Thomas is still financially supporting his children, and he does not have medical insurance coverage. He appeals for financial help for his cost of care.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 8th, Thomas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow him to walk with ease and also use his hand with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund his life-changing procedure.

Thomas shared, “I am unable to move nor use my arm since the accident. Doctors recommended this surgery but I have not been able to get it because I don’t have money. I have been unable to contact my family or friends back at home, and I am all alone with no one to turn to.”

Thomas is a 45-year-old laborer from Uganda who came to Kenya in search of a livelihood. He is the oldest child in a family of 5 children. H...

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Thomas's Timeline

  • December 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thomas was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 8, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thomas 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.

  • December 9, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thomas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thomas's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 24, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Thomas. Read the update.

Treatment
ORIF Non Hip - Complex
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,526 for Thomas's treatment
Subsidies fund $26 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,289
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$73
Supplies
$0
Labs
$64
Other
$100

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