Meet Rajan, a five-year-old boy from Nepal. “Rajan was scaling a wall with his friends when he fell on his left leg,” shares our medical partner, Possible. “Since then his leg has swollen and is causing him a great deal of pain. He needs help using the washroom, getting dressed, and doing other activities he enjoyed doing independently before.”
Rajan has a broken leg and will require surgery for it to heal properly. “He and his family had to walk for seven hours to come to the hospital. Had it not been for this hospital, they would have had to take him to a private clinic. Rajan’s family struggles to make a living, They farm and sell firewood and the produce is not enough to feed themselves for even six months of the year.”
For $579, Rajan will undergo open reduction and internal fixation surgery. The surgeon will align the bones in his lower leg and insert metal hardware to fully stabilize them so that they heal properly. Four to six weeks after the procedure, the bones should be healed enough for Rajan to begin recovering the strength and mobility in his leg. In time, he will be able to walk normally.
“I’m so grateful that Rajan is getting healed, otherwise he would have a difficult life with unaligned bones,” his mother says.