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.