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Success! Marvie from the Philippines raised $1,500 to fund clubfoot correction.

Marvie
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Marvie's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2016.

Photo of Marvie post-operation

February 16, 2017

Marvie underwent successful clubfoot correction.

Doctors performed a successful surgery. After the operation, she was in a wheelchair for several days. Now, she can stand on her own two feet and walk normally. She has returned to school, can wear shoes, and is more active. Her family is very grateful to all of the donors.

“Thank you for the people who helped me in my operation,” says Marvie. “I am very happy because I can walk normally and soon run without hindrances. Thank you so much for helping me even though we cannot pay you back. My family also extends their heartfelt thanks to you…I am a happy girl now, and it is all because of your help.”

Doctors performed a successful surgery. After the operation, she was in a wheelchair for several days. Now, she can stand on her own two fee...

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November 17, 2016

Marvie is a happy 14-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is a student in the seventh grade, and she loves to go to school. She is the oldest of three siblings.

Marvie has had clubfeet for eleven years, and she has difficulty walking. Her mother worries about her future, but they have not been able to afford treatment. Fortunately, after visiting our medical partner, International Care Ministries, Marvie began treatment on November 22. She will also receive special shoes for support and therapy to strengthen her limbs.

Marvie’s parents work on a sugarcane field, and they also gather and sell firewood. They need help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

“We are so thankful for this opportunity that has come to us,” says her mother. “We have been praying for this. We desire for Marvie to be well and be able to walk properly without any difficulty. We would love to see her fulfill her dreams without any hindrance. Thank you so much.”

Marvie is a happy 14-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is a student in the seventh grade, and she loves to go to school. She is the ol...

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Marvie's Timeline

  • November 17, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Marvie was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries.

  • November 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Marvie received treatment at Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao in Philippines. 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.

  • November 29, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Marvie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 19, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Marvie's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Marvie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Clubfoot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,564 for Marvie's treatment
Subsidies fund $64 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$385
Medical Staff
$703
Medication
$171
Supplies
$0
Other
$305
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Clubfoot is a common congenital disorder of the lower limbs. It occurs when a foot and ankle are permanently twisted. The ligaments and tendons that hold the muscles to the bones are too tight, which causes the tissues around the ankle to hold the foot in an abnormal position. A clubfoot appears to be pointing downward and twisting inward. For an adult with an uncorrected clubfoot, only part of the foot touches the ground. Walking is difficult or impossible.

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

Neglected clubfoot has a long-term impact on a person's quality of life. Children from rural areas or low socioeconomic backgrounds lack access to adequate care or information. These children may face a life of disability due to untreated clubfoot.

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

There is no historical, cultural, or regional significance to this condition or its treatment. Much of the abnormality can be corrected through manipulation and casting during the first three months of life. This treatment is not risky, but access to long-term orthopedic care is required to ensure that the correction is maintained. Exercises, corrective shoes, or nighttime splints may be needed until the child stops growing.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The orthopedic surgeon will first try to correct the clubfoot using nonsurgical methods. The patient's foot is gently stretched and manipulated into the correct position and held in place with a long-leg cast that stretches from the toes to the thigh. Each week for six to eight weeks, this process of stretching, re-positioning, and casting is repeated. After the manipulation and casting period, an Achilles tenotomy is performed. This is a minor procedure to release tightness in the Achilles tendon. A new cast will be applied to the leg to protect the tendon as it heals. By the time the cast is removed, the Achilles tendon will have regrown to a proper, longer length, and the clubfoot will be fully corrected. Many cases of clubfoot are successfully corrected with nonsurgical methods. Sometimes, however, the abnormality cannot be fully corrected, or it returns. Surgery may be needed to adjust the tendons, ligaments, and joints in the foot and ankle.

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

Quality of life is improved. Most individuals are able to wear regular shoes and lead active lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Children who undergo clubfoot repair surgery can lead active lives with few risks. In some cases, the foot and calf may remain smaller throughout the patient's life. Potential risks associated with this surgery also include nerve damage in the foot, excessive foot swelling, interrupted blood flow to the foot, and the formation of an ulcer from a cast that is too tight.

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

This treatment is available in most tertiary hospitals. It is performed by experienced orthopedic surgeons who are specialists in the field.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative treatment for this condition.

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