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Sher from Nepal raised $579 to treat his fractured ankle.

Sher
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  • $579 raised, $0 to go
$579
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sher's treatment was fully funded on May 14, 2016.
November 9, 2016

Sher did not receive treatment as expected.

Unfortunately, Sher did not return to our medical partner for his scheduled treatment. Should he return in the future, he will be re-eligible for Watsi funding.

Unfortunately, Sher did not return to our medical partner for his scheduled treatment. Should he return in the future, he will be re-eligibl...

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April 28, 2016

66-year-old Sher lives with his wife, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren in Nepal. They all tend to the farm to keep the family going while Sher’s two sons work in India to support them back at home.

Sher was milking his cows when he stumbled and fell down– fracturing his left ankle. It has been five days since the injury, and Sher has been bedridden and in a lot of pain. “I am taking medication to control my pain,” said Sher. However, pain medication is only a temporary solution, and Sher requires surgery to avoid long-term complications such as immobility and infection.

Sher’s inability to work is a very big concern for his family. Being the eldest of his siblings, Sher looks after the family’s cattle as well as his young grandchildren. He needs surgery so that he can return to these responsibilities back home.

For $579, surgeons with our medical partner Possible will perform an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to correctly realign the bone in Sher’s ankle. Then they will use pins to keep it secured while his ankle heals.

After several weeks in a cast or splint, Sher will be able to walk again pain free. He can then return to his farm and family life. “I just want to be free of pain,” Sher said.

66-year-old Sher lives with his wife, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren in Nepal. They all tend to the farm to keep the family going while ...

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Sher's Timeline

  • April 28, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sher was submitted by Subeksha Poudel, Crowdfunding Associate at Possible, our medical partner in Nepal.

  • April 29, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sher was scheduled to receive treatment at Bayalpata 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.

  • May 10, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sher's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 09, 2016
    FUNDING ENDED

    Sher is no longer raising funds.

  • November 09, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sher's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Advanced Ortho - Fracture II
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients have open wounds with protruding bones. The injured area will be tender and swollen.

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

Patients are in a lot of pain. They cannot stand or walk properly. They cannot go to school, perform daily household activities, or help their families. In some cases, patients experience severe blood loss, leading to hypovolemic shock, which can be fatal.

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

Fractures are common around the world. However, due to the inaccessibility and expense of healthcare, treatment can be more complex in Nepal because patients often wait a long time before seeking care.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes a surgery to align the bone, secure it with plates or pins, and close the wound.

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

The patient will rest for a few months and then will do physiotherapy to regain mobility. After one to two months, the patient can slowly return to his or her normal, daily activities.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The risk of nonunion is higher for more severe fractures. The patient will also face a poorer prognosis if he or she delays before seeking treatment.

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

Before they reach the hospital, patients often do not receive proper care or first aid. Patients who have to travel longer distances will visit a government health facility before the journey to receive first aid, splints, or slings.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives to treatment.

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