Dinah is an elderly lady from Kenya and a lively grandmother who loves telling stories to young children in her native Kalenjin language.
On April 23rd, Dinah was going to her farm to fetch vegetables for her dinner when she fell on muddy ground and sustained an injury on her right leg. Dinah was taken to Kapsowar Hospital by her neighbors because she lives alone. On arrival, she had an x-ray confirming a closed right tibia fracture. Due to her critical condition, a splint was placed on her right leg then she was admitted because she was in pain, had a swollen limb, and was unable to neither walk nor stand. She was told that she will need ORIF surgery to fix her fracture to ascertain a healthy functional future.
Dinah is a farmer; she plants millet and sorghum in her small farm for her own consumption. Dinah’s husband died 15 years ago after suffering throat cancer. She is a mother of 5 children and 13 grandchildren. All her children dropped out of school due to their low socioeconomic status and are now doing casual jobs in small towns across the region. Dinah lives in a single grass-thatched house on her own and depends on her children for other basic needs. Dinah is a strong woman in faith, a good storyteller, and many children love visiting her to spend time with her. During these difficult times, her children are unable to raise money to pay for her surgery because they are also struggling to feed their children. They are requesting anyone reading this story to help them raise money so that their mother can undergo surgery.
Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 27th, Dinah will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will fix the fracture, allowing her to recover and walk with ease. Chances of further complications will be greatly reduced. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure.
Dinah says, “I miss telling stories to my grandchildren. I am looking forward to making my first step towards recovery, I am confident that my surgery will be a success.”