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Success! Moses from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Moses
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Moses's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2020.

Photo of Moses post-operation

December 24, 2020

Moses underwent clubfoot treatment.

Moses’s clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting went very well and his feet are now in a normal position. Through this life-changing treatment, Moses will be able to walk normally like other children when the time comes. This treatment will also help his learning to walk easily something that would have been very challenging if he was to grow up with clubfoot.

Moses’s mother shared with gratitude, “You are God sent, my son would still be disabled if it was not for your help and support. Thank you very much.”

Moses's clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting went very well and his feet are now in a normal position. Through this life-changing ...

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September 28, 2020

Moses is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. His mother does not know the exact date of birth because women in her village are not able to go for pregnancy clinics and delivery is mostly done at home by the help of midwives. Our local rep tried to inquire whether any of her children have ever had any immunization vaccines and she shared that none of them have, but they are all healthy and well.

Moses is the last born child in a family of four children from his mother. Moses’s father is a polygamous man with three wives and a total of eleven children. They live in a remote area where getting to a local hospital requires traveling for a long distance. If they leave home at dawn, they arrive around 2:00pm walking on foot. Moses’s parents are livestock keepers and are able to sell a goat or a sheep once in a while to be able to buy other commodities.

Moses has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Moses’s family was able to make the journey to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 29th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Moses’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when he grows up.

Moses’s mother says, “I would be very grateful if my son is able to have his foot corrected. We are not able to find the money needed to cover his treatment cost, please help us.”

Moses is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. His mother does not know the exact date of birth because women in her village are not able to...

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Moses's Timeline

  • September 28, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Moses was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • September 29, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Moses's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Moses received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • December 04, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Moses's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 24, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Moses's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Moses's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The foot is turned inward, often severely, at the ankle, and the arch of the foot is very high. Patients experience discomfort, and the affected leg may be shorter and smaller than the other.

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

These children have a difficult time walking and running. Years of trying to walk on a clubfoot will cause wounds and other skeletal problems, such as arthritis. Patients will have difficulty fitting in shoes and participating in normal play, school, and daily activities. Many Africans make their livings through manual labor, which can be difficult with an untreated clubfoot.

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

Incidence is 1/1,000 live births, or about 1,600 cases in Tanzania annually. This is roughly similar to rates in Western countries, though many cases may be missed. There is no known reason for its occurrence in this region.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients will undergo a series of small operations, casting, and manipulations during their course of treatment. Patients will stay in the Plaster House, a rehabilitation center for children in Tanzania, for as long as their recovery takes.

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

The bones and joint will become aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Clubfoot is very treatable. The surgery is minor and not risky.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care is not easily accessible. Most patients live in remote, rural areas and are identified through mobile outreach. The pediatric surgical program at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre was started to meet the large burden of pediatric disability in the region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If not treated, the condition will persist and will result in disability.

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