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Success! Sohaila from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Sohaila
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$890
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$0
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Fully funded
Sohaila's treatment was fully funded on November 13, 2017.

Photo of Sohaila post-operation

August 7, 2017

Sohaila underwent clubfoot treatment.

Sohaila’s treatment is going well. She is in her second week of manipulation and casting. This treatment will help Sohaila walk without difficulty and attend school.

Sohaila says, “I am very happy and thankful that I am getting treatment and I hope that my leg will be in normal condition after treatment. I will be able to attend school properly and reach to my dreams one day. God bless all who contributed for my treatment costs.”

Sohaila’s treatment is going well. She is in her second week of manipulation and casting. This treatment will help Sohaila walk without diff...

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July 11, 2017

Sohaila is an eight-year-old girl living in Tanzania with her parents and three siblings. She is an active child but is also very shy.

Sohaila was born with clubfoot of her left foot, the inward and upward bending of her foot, but never received treatment. Due to her condition, it is painful to walk and stand, making daily life and her commute to school very difficult.

Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Sohaila is scheduled to receive surgery to correct her clubfoot on July 11. Her family is requesting $890 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.

Sohaila is excited for the surgery and says, “I will be very thankful if I get treated and being able to attend school properly. I will be able to help out with home activities again and live my dreams life.”

Sohaila is an eight-year-old girl living in Tanzania with her parents and three siblings. She is an active child but is also very shy. S...

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Sohaila's Timeline

  • July 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sohaila was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 11, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sohaila 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 3, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sohaila's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sohaila's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 13, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sohaila's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Sohaila's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Peace

Peace is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She got married in 2003, but separated from her husband 10 years later because she could not bear children for their family. She returned to her parents house who are small-scale farmers where she has since been assisting them on the farm. They sell farm produce for their daily basic needs. Four years ago, Peace began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that has been progressively growing in size. She decided to see a doctor who confirmed she had a goitre. Peace was given treatment but the swelling didn't disappear, so she tried herbal medication but it did not help either. Currently, she experiences chest pains whenever she coughs, she cannot turn her neck comfortably, and she feels dizzy whenever she travels around. She also experiences airway blockage and has had to completely stop farming. Peace decided to visit Rushoroza Hospital at last to seek treatment. She was diagnosed with non-toxic goitre and after a review by the surgeon, a thyroidectomy is recommended. Peace needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse, however her family cannot afford the surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Peace receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 5th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Pease says, “I hope to live a normal life again. I hope to get relieved of the neck swelling through surgery so that I can comfortably continue my day-to-day activities especially farming.”

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43%funded
$145raised
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