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Success! Edmond from Kenya raised $852 to fund fracture repair surgery so he can use his left arm.

Edmond
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Fully funded
Edmond's treatment was fully funded on April 20, 2022.

Photo of Edmond post-operation

May 5, 2022

Edmond underwent fracture repair surgery so he can use his left arm.

Edmond is finally a happy boy after undergoing his fracture surgery. His mother, who thought it would be difficult for him to use his hand again, is filled with joy since her son can move his hand without pain and difficulty. Edmond will be able to carry out duties on his own without difficulty as his hand continues to heal and gain its normal strength.

Edmond’s mother says, “Words cannot explain how happy I am. At least my son can now go back to school. May God bless you.”

Edmond is finally a happy boy after undergoing his fracture surgery. His mother, who thought it would be difficult for him to use his hand a...

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February 8, 2022

Edmond is a playful eight-year-old boy. He is the second born child in a family of four children. Sadly, his father passed away in 2021 after a short illness. His mother works as a sweeper in a supermarket to provide for the family. The family lives in a two-room home.

Recently, Edmond fell while playing at school and injured his left arm. He was brought to a local hospital where he had an x-ray and was told that he had dislocated his elbow. However, he received a second opinion at our medical partner’s care center and was diagnosed with a left supracondylar fracture. He needs urgent surgery to treat his injury so he can heal properly.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Edmond receive treatment. On February 8th, he will undergo surgery to repair the fracture. This will ensure that his hand heals well and that he can use it fully in the future. Now, their family needs help raising $852 to fund his procedure and care.

Edmond’s mother shared, “I dream of getting my family out of poverty. I am trying to look for a better job so that I can care for my children. Unfortunately, my son’s arm is now fractured. I am worried about his future if he is not treated.”

Edmond is a playful eight-year-old boy. He is the second born child in a family of four children. Sadly, his father passed away in 2021 afte...

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Edmond's Timeline

  • February 8, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Edmond received 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.

  • February 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Edmond's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 20, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Edmond's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Edmond's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Kirschner wires (K-Wire)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $852 for Edmond's treatment
Hospital Fees
$367
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$72
Supplies
$338
Labs
$24
Radiology
$7
Other
$41
  • 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 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. K-wire is mainly used on children.

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

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?

The patient is reviewed by the surgeon and a K-wire surgery is recommended. The patient meets the SAFE rep who profiles him/her. The patient is given an admission date and on that day, several tests are done in preparation for surgery. After surgery, the patient is admitted for 3 more days where the surgeon rounds on them to gauge recovery. If the patient is progressing well, they are discharged but with a date to return for a treatment review. In total, the patient will have spent 3-4 days in the hospital.

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

Curative. Kirschner wires (K-wires) are stiff, straight wires that are sometimes needed to repair a fracture (broken bone). K-wires are also commonly called ‘pins’. If your child has a fracture that requires surgery, they may need K-wires to help hold the bones in place until they heal. They are most commonly used for supracondylar (elbow) or wrist injuries. Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, sometimes multiple K-wires are needed. K-wires are only needed temporarily – once the bones have healed, the K-wires are removed during an outpatient appointment.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The 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 the removal of the hardware and 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 orthopaedic centres in developing countries. Any American would go to their local hospital and get this procedure. Often patients have received initial care for a fracture at another hospital. Most patients seen in Kapsowar who are in need of a K-wire are mainly patients who have been not been helped in other hospitals. Usually, those hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat them.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Unfortunately the alternative is to not treat the fracture which is common and can lead to continued pain, limited use, and disfigurement.

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