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Success! John from Kenya raised $1,042 to fund fracture repair surgery.

John
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  • $1,042 raised, $0 to go
$1,042
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
John's treatment was fully funded on June 26, 2019.

Photo of John post-operation

April 8, 2019

John underwent fracture repair surgery.

John had a successful hip surgery done in our medical partner’s facility. The surgery has allowed him to walk easily.

John says, “thank you for helping me. I am not in much pain and able to move with better ease unlike after the surgery.”

John had a successful hip surgery done in our medical partner's facility. The surgery has allowed him to walk easily. John says, "thank y...

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March 13, 2019

John is a motorbike driver from Kenya. Recently, he was involved in a road accident, suffering a closed acetabulum fracture. He is in pain and if not treated, he might heal with a malunion or suffer complications such as an infected bone or arthritis.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 14, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After treatment, he will be able to return to work. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,042 to fund this procedure.

John says, “My hope is to be treated and resume my duties. I am in pain and would not wish to be confined in bed unable to move”.

John is a motorbike driver from Kenya. Recently, he was involved in a road accident, suffering a closed acetabulum fracture. He is in pain a...

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John's Timeline

  • March 13, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    John was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • March 14, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    John 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.

  • March 14, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    John's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 08, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    John's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 26, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    John's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
ORIF Hip
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,042 for John's treatment
Hospital Fees
$893
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$47
Supplies
$0
Labs
$68
Other
$34
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Common symptoms include extreme pain and inability/difficulty in using body parts. 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.

​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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