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

  • $940 raised, $0 to go
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Joseph's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2014.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

April 13, 2015

Joseph received treatment so that he can walk without pain.

“Joseph is doing well,” Joseph’s doctors tell us. “The corrective surgery was done successfully and the casts on Joseph’s legs will soon be removed, and Joseph will continue with physiotherapy. After complete recovery, Joseph will have straight lower limbs allowing him to walk properly and without feeling pain.”

Joseph’s father shares, “We are grateful that our son has received the financial support needed for him to have surgery done. He is doing great and we trust that at the end of the treatment he will go back to being active again and also continue with his education as he will be able to walk to school.”

"Joseph is doing well," Joseph's doctors tell us. "The corrective surgery was done successfully and the casts on Joseph’s legs will soon be ...

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December 18, 2014

“We really hope that something can be done to help Joseph walk properly again,” Joseph’s parents tell us. “His condition is affecting him psychologically, and lately, he has been avoiding going out to play with his friends. We want him to be able to continue with his education.”

Meet Joseph, a quiet 13-year-old boy from Tanzania who has bilateral genus varus, or knocked knees. He used to love running and playing soccer, but now he involves himself more with indoor activities. “At first, he could walk without feeling any pain. Now, he often complains of pain in his knees,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

Because walking long distances is difficult, Joseph’s parents had to move him to a nearby school. However, he only has two more years to complete his primary education. After that, they are worried, as there are no secondary schools close by for him to attend.

For only $940, we can pay for the surgery necessary to straighten Joseph’s lower limbs. Without our help, his parents, who are small-scale farmers with seasonal income, will not be able to cover the cost of corrective surgery. Let’s work together to ensure Joseph can go to school!

“We really hope that something can be done to help Joseph walk properly again," Joseph's parents tell us. "His condition is affecting him ps...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • December 18, 2014

    Joseph was submitted by Esupat Kimirei at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • December 19, 2014

    Joseph 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.

  • December 27, 2014

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2014

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 13, 2015

    We received an update on Joseph. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

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Sein is a 35-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her son, daughter and her husband in a village in Thaton Township, Mon State. Sein’s husband is a driver and she is a homemaker. Four years ago, Sein experienced severe back pain with a fever. She went to the private clinic in Thaton where she received an ultrasound and was admitted for five nights. She shared that no one explained her diagnosis to her, but she received some pain medication and an intravenous line which made her feel better. Her symptoms disappeared after that, but in June 2019, her back pain returned. She also has jaundice of her eyes and the color of her urine is bright yellow. She started having a high fever and this time she felt that her back pain was very severe. Sein went to Yangon for treatment but after she was told that she needed surgery, she could not afford to pay for it. In early January 2020, she talked with her friend who works in Mae Sot, Thailand about her problem, and her friend suggested that she come to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). On January 6th, Sein and her husband came to MTC, where she received some medications after she was examined by the medic. The medic at MTC referred her to Watsi Medical Partner's Care Center Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. There she received an ultrasound as well as a blood test. After that the doctor recommended a computed tomography (CT) scan, which is planned for February 28th. Currently, Sein still experiences back pain as well as lower abdominal pain and tightness. If she sits or walks for a longer period of time, the pain worsens. Doctors want Sein to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Sein's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 28th. Sein said, “When I am in pain, I cannot do washing and other household chores. My husband has to help me with all this and he also has to accompany me which affects his income for our family.”

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