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

Ngoitumet
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ngoitumet's treatment was fully funded on May 22, 2021.

Photo of Ngoitumet post-operation

June 16, 2021

Ngoitumet underwent a mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Ngoitumet has had a successful surgery! His legs, which were impacted to the point where walking was almost impossible, have been corrected. Ngoitumet can’t wait to start walking. He can now lead a full life, carry out daily activities with ease, and will not be left behind with his peers his age.

Ngoitumet‘s neighbour says, “Thank you for helping correct Ngoitumet’s legs; he was struggling so much. I hope now with good legs to walk with he would be able to go to school when he gets the opportunity but also be able to do all his day-to-day activities.”

Ngoitumet has had a successful surgery! His legs, which were impacted to the point where walking was almost impossible, have been corrected....

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April 19, 2021

Ngoitumet is a 6-year-old boy and the last born in a family of three children. Despite his legs condition and his difficulty with walking, Ngoitumet is a friendly and jovial boy. If not for his health condition, he would be running around enjoying his playtime and be more involved in daily home activities. Ngoitmet’s father is elderly with no source of income. He was not able to bring Ngoitumet to the hospital and had to be helped by a neighbor. Ngoitumet’s family depends on livestock keeping and the milk they get from their cattle to make ends meet.

Ngoitumet was diagnosed with “windswept” knees, a condition that started when he was two years old when his father noticed his left leg was slightly curving outward. His father couldn’t take him to the hospital for treatment due to financial challenges, so his left leg kept worsening, and the right leg also began curving inward.

This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Due to his condition, Ngoitumet has not had a chance to join school yet. He is no longer able to take part in daily home activities, like grazing their father’s cattle. Ngoitumet undergoes a lot of pain when he walks over a long distance. Through their church and the outreach program at Plaster House, Ngoitumet’s family was referred to seek treatment. He has been scheduled for surgery to help correct both of his legs.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Ngoitumet. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Ngoitumet’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Ngoitumet’s neighbour shared, “Please help this boy as he is having a hard time standing and walking and his parents do not have money to seek treatment for him.”

Ngoitumet is a 6-year-old boy and the last born in a family of three children. Despite his legs condition and his difficulty with walking, N...

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Ngoitumet's Timeline

  • April 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ngoitumet was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ngoitumet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ngoitumet's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ngoitumet 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.

  • June 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ngoitumet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Ngoitumet'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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