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.