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Success! Taraja from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot surgery so that she can walk and start school.

Taraja
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Taraja's treatment was fully funded on October 23, 2021.

Photo of Taraja post-operation

January 7, 2022

Taraja underwent clubfoot surgery so that she can walk and start school.

We just heard from our medical partner that Taraja’s clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting is going on well and she is currently on her second cast change. She will have a final surgery to fully correct her feet once she is through with manipulation and casting. Through this treatment Taraja will no longer have difficulty in walking and will be able to wear shoes like any other child.

Taraja’s mother shared, “We are all looking forward to seeing our daughter walking like other normal children. Thank you very much.”

We just heard from our medical partner that Taraja’s clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting is going on well and she is currently on...

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October 7, 2021

Taraja is a charming five-year-old girl from Southwestern Tanzania and the oldest child in her family. Taraja has not started school yet, but her parents hope that once her condition is treated, she can enroll in kindergarten. Taraja’s parents grow maize, vegetables, and sorghum for a living. They get most of their food from their farm and her father also takes casual laboring jobs, like working on other peoples’ farms and carrying luggage, to supplement the family’s income.

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

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Taraja receive treatment. On October 8th, Taraja will undergo clubfoot repair surgery at AMH’s care center. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. Now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Taraja’s procedure and care.

Taraja’s mother shared, “it was very strange to see our daughter’s feet in this position. We tried to find treatment for her but we were advised to go to a big hospital, something we couldn’t afford to do. Please help us if it’s possible.”

Taraja is a charming five-year-old girl from Southwestern Tanzania and the oldest child in her family. Taraja has not started school yet, bu...

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Taraja's Timeline

  • October 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Taraja 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.

  • October 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Taraja's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Taraja's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 7, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Taraja's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Taraja'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.