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Shantel is a 5-year-old girl from Kenya who needs $679 to fund fracture repair surgery.

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May 23, 2022

Shantel is a 5-year-old cheerful girl from Elgeyo Marakwet County in western Kenya. Shantel is the eldest child in her family and lives with her grandmother in a semi-permanent house. Shantel’s family grows maize on their small piece of land as their source of food along with casual jobs working on other farms and doing laundry to earn a living.

Shantel recently visited AIC Kapsowar Hospital for an x-ray of an elbow fracture and a posterior splint for her right arm. She sustained the injury after falling from a tree while playing with other children. They visited another hospital near their home where she was stabilized with the splint, but was asked to wait to be seen by a surgeon. Shantel is right-handed and this injury has impacted her performance at school since she cannot write.

An orthopedic surgeon determined that Shantel needed percutaneous pinning urgently to help restore the normal functioning of her limb and to be able to continue with her education. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $679 to cover Shantel’s surgery on May 24th.

Shantel’s mother shared, “It hurts when my child needs help that I cannot offer her. Kindly help her so she may be able to go to school like other children.”

Shantel is a 5-year-old cheerful girl from Elgeyo Marakwet County in western Kenya. Shantel is the eldest child in her family and lives with...

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Shantel's Timeline

  • May 23, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Shantel was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 23, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shantel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 24, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Shantel was scheduled to receive treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Shantel is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Shantel's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Closed reduction percutaneous pinning (CRPP)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $679 for Shantel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$328
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$29
Supplies
$236
Labs
$12
Radiology
$7
Other
$64
  • 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; deformed limbs. This procedure corrects a severe, poorly aligned fracture where the ends of affected bones are far apart. Such a fracture that requires CRPP occurs mainly on the upper limbs in children usually as a result of trauma.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Untreated fracture leads to chronic disability, pain, and inability to work or move the limbs.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

These fractures require specialised surgery which is not very common in the Kapsowar region in Kenya. Kapsowar Hospital serves a remote population where some people do not have money to pay for surgery. For this reason, the hospital has been incurring these costs without compensation.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Before determining what treatment is best for the type of fracture, the doctor will order various diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray to assess surrounding ligaments. The patient is then booked for surgery and will be in the hospital for about 2 days.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This care is curative. A CRPP fixes the broken bone restoring it to complete function and thus, enabling the patient to be able to utilize the limbs.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

A 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. The pins can be removed later on the outpatient visits when the fracture heals.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality orthopaedic centres in developing countries. In the developed world, a person would go to their local hospital and get this procedure relatively simply. 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 place like Kapsowar Hospital. Most patients seen in Kapsowar who are in need of a CRPP are mainly 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/time in school but the risk of bedsores, blood clots, and hospital-acquired infections.

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