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

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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

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

  • November 13, 2015

    Alina 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.

  • November 25, 2015

    Alina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2015

    Alina's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 18, 2015

    We received an update on Alina. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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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Naw Eh

Naw Eh is a 11-year-old girl who lives with her mother, five brother and two sisters in a refugee camp. She and her siblings study in the refugee camp while her mother weaves traditional indigenous Karen shirts to earn extra income for their household. In her free time, Naw Eh loves to play with her younger brother at home. Sometimes, she will play with her friends close to her house. She wants to be an English teacher at a primary school in the future. In late July 2021, Naw Eh went out to buy some snacks from a shop. On the way to the shop, she slipped and fell on the muddy road. When she fell she hurt her left leg. Since she was able to walk slowly, the medic in the camp did not think her leg was broken and only gave her pain medication. On 19 August 2021, Naw Eh lost her grip when she was sitting down in a chair and fell down. This time she could not stand up or walk. After a doctor at Mae Sariang Hospital diagnosed her with a fractured femur, she was referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment. At that hospital, the doctor told Naw Eh's brother that they want to do an MRI of her leg to check if she has any underlying conditions that caused her to break her femur so easily. With support from Watsi, the MRI was possible and now the surgeon has determined that surgery is required to help her leg heal properly. Currently, Naw Eh suffers from pain in her left leg and she cannot move or put weight on that leg. If she moves her leg, the pain increases. Her brother needs to help her use the bedpan as she cannot walk to the toilet. He also needs to help her get dressed. She is taking pain medication to help her sleep at night. She is worried that if her condition is not treated properly, she will never be able to walk again. She misses going to school and wants to continue her studies in grade four once her school reopens. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Eh will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Eh will no longer experience pain in her leg and she will be able to get herself dress and be able to walk to the toilet. Naw Eh said, "I am worried that if I do not receive surgery and receive proper treatment, I will not be able to walk again."

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