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Alina from Nepal raised $224 to treat her broken leg.

Alina
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Alina's treatment was fully funded on November 26, 2015.

Photo of Alina post-operation

December 18, 2015

Alina received treatment for her broken leg.

After sustaining a fracture from falling down a staircase, Alina received a successful operation to treat her broken leg. She is now undergoing physiotherapy.

“Within a month from now, Alina’s fractured bones [will] have healed well,” says our medical partner, Possible. “She is not likely to have a deformity in the future and with some physiotherapy exercises, she can do all the physical activities as she used to before.”

Alina’s aunt shares, “It’s a relief that her treatment is over. Alina had been crying so much. After the effects of anesthesia wears off, I can finally give her something to eat.”

After sustaining a fracture from falling down a staircase, Alina received a successful operation to treat her broken leg. She is now undergo...

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November 12, 2015

Meet Alina, a four-year-old girl who lives in Nepal with her parents and two brothers. Recently, Alina slipped while walking down the stairs and broke her left leg. Alina needs surgery to reset the fracture and allow her to heal and walk normally again, without swelling and pain.

Alina’s aunt tells our medical partner, Possible, “even gently moving her leg makes her wail in pain. She has difficulty doing any activity that involves moving her leg.”

Alina needs an operation, but her family is unable to afford it. Her father works abroad in India while her mother takes care of Alina, her two brothers, and the family farm. For $224 Alina will have her fracture surgically reset so that her bones heal properly. With treatment, Alina will be able to move without pain.

Alina’s family has been worried about her health. Her aunt shares, “Alina has been in a lot of pain. I wish for her treatment to happen quickly so that she can feel better.”

Meet Alina, a four-year-old girl who lives in Nepal with her parents and two brothers. Recently, Alina slipped while walking down the stairs...

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Alina's Timeline

  • November 12, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Alina was submitted by Subeksha Poudel, Crowdfunding Associate at Possible, our medical partner in Nepal.

  • November 13, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alina received treatment at Bayalpata Hospital. 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.

  • November 25, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alina's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 18, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Alina. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Advanced Ortho - Fracture I
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Symptoms include pain, swelling, disfigurement, and loss of limb function.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Children cannot write, bathe, play, or attend school. Mothers cannot work in the field or look after their children and homes. Fathers cannot work.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Our medical partner, Possible, manages healthcare in Achham, a district in Nepal characterized by rugged hills. People often fracture their hands and legs while walking through the steep slopes. In addition, many people make a living by farming or cattle rearing. They may be injured while cutting fodder for their animals or picking fruits from the trees. When parents are working and young children are left on their own, those children may hurt themselves. Finally, visibility is low at night, so people may fall and sustain fractures.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After an injury, a patient generally takes two to eight hours to travel to Bayalpata Hospital. The patient is seen first at the emergency department. From there, the patient is sent to the procedure room, where doctors perform a fracture reduction if necessary and apply a Plaster of Paris cast. The patient is observed for four hours and discharged.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient is relieved of pain. In the short term, the patient will experience limited mobility due to the cast. This treatment eliminates the patient's risk of complications from the fracture.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There is always a risk that the bones do not align properly.

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 this treatment.

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