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Kishumwi from Tanzania raised $940 so he can walk without pain.

Kishumwi
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  • $940 raised, $0 to go
$940
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Kishumwi's treatment was fully funded on October 19, 2015.

Photo of Kishumwi post-operation

November 11, 2015

Kishumwi received corrective surgery for his knocked knees.

“Kishumwi’s distal femoral osteotomy was successful, and Kishumwi is currently in long leg cast while the site heals,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares. “He will soon begin ambulation and will continue with exercises when the cast is removed. After complete recovery, Kishumwi will be able to walk properly and without discomfort.”

The success of the treatment was a great joy for Kishumwi’s family. “I am very pleased with the outcome of my son’s operation. I trust that my son will be able to walk properly after a short while and I am very grateful for the financial support,” says Kishumwi’s father.

"Kishumwi's distal femoral osteotomy was successful, and Kishumwi is currently in long leg cast while the site heals," our medical partner, ...

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October 5, 2015

“Kishumwi is a happy and friendly six-year-old boy,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). His parents are livestock keepers who herd cattle in Tanzania, and Kishumwi is the youngest of four siblings.

Two years ago when Kishumwi’s father was looking for a school for his son to attend, Kishumwi got very sick. “He kept getting weaker and his left leg started to bend inwards,” AMHF tells us.

Doctors diagnosed him with a condition called genu valgus, also known as knocked knees. Kishumwi is now unable to walk properly and sometimes complains of pain in his left leg that goes all the way up to his hip. This is caused by abnormal bone development, and in Tanzania a major cause is due to an excess of flouride in the water.

When Kishumwi first developed symptoms, “his parents gave him some herbs, which didn’t help his leg, but after some time he was able to walk with a funny gait,” explains AMHF. “With three children going to school and other extended family members looking up to Kishumwi’s parents for support, coming up with enough cash to cover the cost of Kishumwi’s operation has been difficult.”

“Despite his inability to walk properly, Kishumwi likes to socialize with other children, playing football and other outdoor games when he does not feel pain,” says AMHF. He even will help his parents with their livestock work.

$940 will pay for Kishumwi’s treatment, which is a combination of surgery and casting to cut and realign his bones and joint. This will allow him to walk properly and pain free without knocking his knees, and will reduce his risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age.

Despite Kishumwi’s condition, his family does not lose sight of the importance of education. “Kishumwi is my only son and I will be happy to see him able to walk properly. I still plan to take him to school,” says Kishumwi’s father.

"Kishumwi is a happy and friendly six-year-old boy," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). His parents are...

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Kishumwi's Timeline

  • October 5, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kishumwi was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 6, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kishumwi received treatment. 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.

  • October 16, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kishumwi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kishumwi's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Kishumwi. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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