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Success! Mika from Tanzania raised $838 to fund corrective knee surgery.

Mika
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mika's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Mika post-operation

August 22, 2017

Mika underwent corrective knee surgery.

Mika is doing well now that his legs have been straightened. He will soon start walking, and his casts will be removed to allow him to walk, run, and play without pain.

Mika says, “I am glad that I will be able to walk well and without pain. I cannot wait to play football.”

Mika is doing well now that his legs have been straightened. He will soon start walking, and his casts will be removed to allow him to walk,...

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June 13, 2017

Mika is a five-year-old boy from Tanzania who lives with his parents and sisters in a rural farming community.

Mika was born a healthy baby, but when he was two years old his legs started to bend in different directions. His parents noticed this change, but could not afford to take him to the hospital. As Mika grew, his legs continued to bend, making it painful and difficult to walk.

“I could not afford my son’s treatment,” Mika’s mother said. “But I knew I would not stop until he was well again.”

Mika and his family sought treatment at our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, where doctors diagnosed him with windswept legs, a condition in which his right leg is bent outwards and his left leg is bent inwards.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $838 to cover the cost of corrective knee surgery. Mika is scheduled for his operation on June 16. After treatment, he will be able to walk and play without pain.

“Thank you so much for this,” Mika’s mother says.

Mika is a five-year-old boy from Tanzania who lives with his parents and sisters in a rural farming community. Mika was born a healthy b...

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Mika's Timeline

  • June 13, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mika was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mika's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mika received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • August 22, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mika's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mika's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Mika's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

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

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

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

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

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

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

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.