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Success! Ramila from Nepal raised $579 to treat her broken elbow.

Ramila
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Ramila's treatment was fully funded on February 21, 2016.

Photo of Ramila post-operation

March 14, 2016

Ramila received treatment for her broken elbow.

Two-year-old Ramila, who recently began kindergarten, fell and fractured her right elbow on the way home from school one day. She has successfully undergone an open reduction and internal fixation operation and is now healing. Soon she will be able to return to kindergarten.

Our medical partner, Possible, reports: “Ramila’s fractured bones were aligned correctly and secured. Post-surgery, Ramila will experience some pain, but it will be under control with medication. Ramila will be on bed rest for at least two weeks and will have to do physiotherapy exercises to regain mobility. Within two months she will regain most of her mobility back.”

Ramila’s mother adds, “As a parent it’s very difficult to see your child go through so much pain. But now that it’s all over and she has received her treatment, I feel like a heavy weight has been lifted off me.”

Two-year-old Ramila, who recently began kindergarten, fell and fractured her right elbow on the way home from school one day. She has succes...

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January 27, 2016

Ramila is a two-year-old girl from Nepal who recently started kindergarten. “She likes sharing the stories she learned in school at home,” our medical partner, Possible, shares. “Her favorite game is gatta, played by balancing five stones on one’s hand.”

“She was returning from school when she slipped and fractured her right elbow,” explains Possible. “She has been in a lot of pain and it has considerably swollen too.” Her broken elbow has understandably made it difficult to live her normal life and keep up with school.

Ramila’s family brought her to the hospital, but are unable to afford the proper care that Ramila needs. “Ramila is so young, she’s just started school. I worry what will happen if her elbow is not fixed,” says her mother.

$579 will allow Ramila to undergo open reduction and internal fixation surgery. In this procedure, surgeons place the bones in the correct position and fix them in place with metal pins. Ramila’s elbow will then be placed in a cast so the bones can heal properly, and after four to six weeks, the cast will be removed and Ramila will begin to recover use of her arm and get back to being a normal kindergartener.

Ramila is a two-year-old girl from Nepal who recently started kindergarten. “She likes sharing the stories she learned in school at home," o...

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Ramila's Timeline

  • January 27, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ramila 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.

  • February 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ramila's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 21, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ramila's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ramila's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 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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