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Success! Lucas from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery.

Lucas
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lucas's treatment was fully funded on April 21, 2021.

Photo of Lucas post-operation

May 17, 2021

Lucas underwent clubfoot repair surgery so he can walk as he grows older.

Lucas’ club foot treatment called manipulation and casting (a series of casts that help treat his condition) is going very well and his foot is showing good score at every cast change. Through this treatment, Lucas will learn how to stand and walk with ease like other children when the time comes, something that would have been very challenging if he did not get this treatment.

Lucas’s mother says, “My family and I are thankful for giving our son a chance to have his feet corrected so that he can lead a full life free of disability. You are Godsend because without your funding help we couldn’t have been able to afford the high cost of treatment. Thank you very much.”

Lucas’ club foot treatment called manipulation and casting (a series of casts that help treat his condition) is going very well and his foot...

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March 31, 2021

Lucas is a playful four-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of five children from his mother. His parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their food and they also keep livestock for a living, which allows them to get milk. Given the remoteness of their village, they shared that life is very difficult; meeting basic needs and access to health services are big challenges.

Lucas has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Lucas traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Lucas’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when he grows up.

Lucas’s father shared, “we have no means of raising money to afford our son’s treatment cost. We will be very grateful if you can help correct his feet.”

Lucas is a playful four-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of five children from his mother. His parents are small scale ...

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Lucas's Timeline

  • March 31, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lucas 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.

  • April 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lucas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lucas's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 17, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lucas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Lucas'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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