Man reveals how traditional bone setters saved him from amputation

A Nigerian man has vouched for traditional bone setters whom he says saved his limbs to after a western medical personnel recommended amputation.

Man reveals how traditional bone setters saved him from amputation


This was after a Twitter user wanted against patronizing traditional bone setters due to a damage one allegedly did to a patient.

The Twitter user wrote:

Stop visiting traditional bone setters!!!
Stop visiting traditional bone setters!!!
Stop visiting traditional bone setters!!!

Distal fibular fracture that could have been easily managed turned to a wet gangrene. Now the leg would be amputated

In response, the man wrote:

Well, I owe my limbs to a traditional bone doctor. In 2001 I had a bad fracture on my left leg. A western medical personnel recommended amputation but a traditional bone setter fixed the bones and I was able to walk again in exactly 1 month and 26 days (May 1 – June 26).

Now I walk normally, play football and even completed a rigorous military training without incident. If I hadn’t visited that traditional bone setter, I would’ve been an amputee, needing crutches, wheelchair or a prosthetic limb to move. A traditional bone setter saved my limb.

There are many more like me, saved by traditional bone setters when western medical practitioners couldn’t help or even repaired a bad job by doctors. I’ve seen and heard many testimonies. Traditional bone setters really do help especially in areas where there are no hospitals.

There are quacks among the traditional bone setters the same way there are quacks among medical practitioners. The wrongdoings of these quacks do not mean the good ones should not be patronized.

Even with orthopedists, things often go wrong. I have a friend who fell and broke his right hand. He’s had 3 surgeries and metal plates fixed but as at the last time I saw him the hand still wasn’t okay. He’s had several complications. It’s been over 9 months now.

I personally believe if he had visited a good traditional bone setter by now his hand would have been almost as good as new.

I don’t have the facts so I won’t compare or say which is better. I won’t knock anyone. There are good traditional bone setters who do a fantastic job and there are orthopedists who are also really amazing at their jobs and are saving lives.

The mistakes of some should not warrant a boycott. Everyday patients die in hospitals yet we don’t ask people to boycott hospitals. Surgeons make mistakes yet we don’t advocate for a blanket ban on surgeries.

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