Total hip replacement surgery for sickle cell adolescents

Raise awareness and funds for hip replacement surgery for affected young adults on the waitlist at CoRSU here in Uganda

Total hip replacement surgery for sickle cell adolescents

UGX 1,330,000

of UGX 180,000,000 goal




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Ray Besiga
Ray Besiga

Hello all,

I am supporting Dr. Antonio Loro to raise awareness and funds for total hip replacement surgery for affected young adults on the waitlist at CoRSU here in Uganda. In his own words:

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a congenital disease of the blood which affects one of its components, specifically the red blood cells. These are the cells that contain Haemoglobin, the precious protein that brings Oxygen, namely life, from the lungs to every corner of our body. In people affected by SCD, they carry a different, faulty type of Haemoglobin, called type S. Under specific circumstances the red blood cells that contain the Haemoglobin S change their shape, from round to sickle. In this different shape they can not run smoothly along the arteries, they easily stick together and block the vessels, especially the small ones. This creates serious damage to the organs and tissues that are famished of Oxygen by the obstructed vessels; as a consequence, the tissues die (necrosis). The complications of the disease are therefore several, depending on which vessels are obstructed. They can be very serious, bringing quite a good number of children to death before the age of 5 years.

One of these adverse complications is the death of the femoral head in the hip joint of sickle cell adolescents and young adults here in Uganda. When the femoral head dies, it collapses and the round ball becomes flat and mushroomed, irregular in shape. As a consequence, the joint can not function anymore as a ball and socket joint. Problems start. These young guys come to our attention with severe pain, limping, limb shortening, inability to move for long distances, inability to squat and climb stairs, difficulty in sitting, night pain. Remember that they are in a state of chronic, severe anemia and blood transfusions are quite frequently needed. It becomes extremely difficult for them to carry out daily activities. From the social point of view, their education suffers, they skip social events, and they can not take care of themselves in a proper way. They live a poor quality of life. Really poor.

There is a moment when the painkillers can not help anymore. The only solution resides in surgery. In particular, the diseased joint has to be replaced with an intervention that is called Total Hip Replacement (THR). This is a major operation, risky in these special patients but feasible here even in Uganda. The facilities are there as well the surgical skills. The obstacle is the cost of the procedure which stands at about USD 5.000 for one hip. Remember that bilateral hip involvement is not unusual, being present in about one-third of the cases.

Currently, I have more than 10 patients on my waiting list, their age ranging from 17 to 28 years. Their only hope is to find good Samaritans who can pay for the life-changing surgery they badly need.

Hip before surgery

Hip after surgery

Thank you for supporting these disadvantaged young adults.

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Nielsimms Sangho

Nielsimms Sangho donated UGX 30,000.

1 year, 1 month ago
Vincent ML

Anonymous donated UGX 20,000.

Supporting the cause

1 year, 1 month ago
Shabana Meghani

Shabana Meghani donated UGX 140,000.

1 year, 1 month ago
Emmanuele Loro

Emmanuele Loro donated UGX 400,000.

1 year, 2 months ago
Pia Hopfenwieser

Anonymous donated UGX 20,000.

1 year, 2 months ago
Rosa Huang

Rosa Huang donated UGX 100,000.

From Rosa and Brett, great initiative!

1 year, 2 months ago
Thomas van Huijsduijnen

Thomas van Huijsduijnen donated UGX 140,000.

1 year, 2 months ago
Zaake De Coninck

Zaake De Coninck donated UGX 80,000.

1 year, 2 months ago
Ray Besiga

Ray Besiga donated UGX 400,000.

I appreciate the work that Dr. Loro is doing for kids with sickle cell disease at CorSU. Happy to support this endeavor.

1 year, 3 months ago