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Success! Tara from Nepal raised $579 to treat her broken elbow and hand.

Tara
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Tara's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2016.

Photo of Tara post-operation

May 6, 2016

Tara received treatment for her broken elbow and hand.

“It’s a relief to see Tara free of pain,” her mother said after surgery.

Tara’s medical team at Possible in Nepal explains: “Tara will be in best rest for at least two months. She has to be careful not to lift heavy weight by her injured hand. By the second month, she has to learn how to lift partial weight by the same hand. If she does all her physiotherapy exercises well, she will regain all her mobility.”

"It's a relief to see Tara free of pain," her mother said after surgery. Tara's medical team at Possible in Nepal explains: "Tara will be...

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March 9, 2016

Meet Tara, a nine-year-old girl from Nepal, and the youngest of three children in her family.

“Tara was walking down a steep hill when she slipped and injured her right hand,” our medical partner, Possible, explains. “Her elbow got dislocated and her hand swelled considerably. She has missed school and needs help with basic everyday work like eating and bathing because she is in pain.”

Tara’s parents are farmers, and can only produce enough food to feed them for a little over half the year. When they don’t have food, her father goes to India to work as a laborer. Her father shares, “I can’t afford to go to the hospital, let alone finance Tara’s treatment.”

$579 will cover the cost of Tara’s treatment. Possible explains, “Tara’s fractured bones will be aligned correctly and secured with the help of pins to ensure it heals well.” Surgery and casting will prevent long-term complications such as immobility and infection.

Her mother shares: “I hope my child will stop suffering the pain of a broken bone and have a normal childhood.”

Meet Tara, a nine-year-old girl from Nepal, and the youngest of three children in her family. “Tara was walking down a steep hill when sh...

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Tara's Timeline

  • March 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tara was submitted by Subeksha Poudel, Crowdfunding Associate at Possible.

  • March 10, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tara received treatment at Bayalpata Hospital in Nepal. 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 30, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tara's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 6, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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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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