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Success! Stuwart from Tanzania raised $880 to fund mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Stuwart
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Stuwart's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2021.

Photo of Stuwart post-operation

August 13, 2021

Stuwart underwent mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Stuwart has had a successful surgery for both of his legs which had been making walking difficult and painful for him. Through this surgery, Stuwart will walk without pain or difficulty and be able to lead a full life as he grows.

Stuwart’s mother says: “We’re grateful for your help because our son has now had his legs corrected and everything is well. Thank you very much.”

Stuwart has had a successful surgery for both of his legs which had been making walking difficult and painful for him. Through this surgery,...

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July 14, 2021

Stuwart is a playful and friendly boy and the only child so far in his family. He is currently in the first grade and he loves counting numbers and drawing. Stuwart’s father works as a bodaboda taxi driver to be able to support and care for his family. They shared that his income is not much but it helps them make ends meet.

Stuwart was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch and rub against each other when he walks. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is having a hard time walking and is experiencing pain.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Stuwart. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Stuwart’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Stuwart’s mother says “We’ve tried to seek treatment for our son but all our efforts have not been successful despite trying to get national insurance. We are either to pay with what we don’t have or wait for one year. Please help.”

Stuwart is a playful and friendly boy and the only child so far in his family. He is currently in the first grade and he loves counting numb...

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Stuwart's Timeline

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Stuwart 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.

  • July 20, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Stuwart's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Stuwart's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Stuwart's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Stuwart's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

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

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

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

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

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

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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