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External fixators

ImageMedics without Vacation developed an external stabiliser for broken bones. “No more unnecessary amputations !” was the motto of the external fixator project.

Breaking a leg on your skiing trip is no fun. You are airlifted to a hospital where photographs are taken and 3 doctors are standing around your bed. Africa has no helicopter, no photographs are taken, and there are no doctors. That is why MWV provides external fixation for a broken bone.

Saving a leg…

Breaking a leg on your skiing trip is no fun. You are airlifted to a hospital where photographs are taken and 3 doctors are standing around your bed.
If you have an open fracture in Africa you run the risk of infection. There is no helicopter, no photographs are taken and there are no doctors.
You family carries you to a dispensary where with a bit of luck you find a nurse who knows what to do… otherwise you are almost certain to lose your leg. A bone infection is very dangerous and even in Europe is difficult to cure.

What is an external fixator?

Fixators are medical systems that allow broken bones to be stabilised and ensure the open wound remains accessible for further treatment and disinfection. Especially in the tropics it is essential to avoid infections under a cast because in case of a serious infection with osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) amputation is the only solution. And it can be prevented, for very little money!

What model?

Dr. Rijcken gave us permission to produce a fixator he designed.
In 2000 we launched a project in Congo itself, in the Technical Institutes of Don Bosco in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi where people are trained to produce the systems. In Kigali, Rwanda and Parakou, Benin a production unit was started, also with the fathers of Don Bosco.

What cost price?

An external fixator imported from Europe costs about 2,500 €. In Africa it can be produced for 43 €!
That means you can save someone's leg for barely 43 €!