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

Ngeke
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ngeke's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Ngeke post-operation

March 15, 2022

Ngeke underwent clubfoot repair surgery.

Ngeke’s clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting is going well! He is currently on his fourth cast change with a good results after each change, which is helping correct the position of his feet. His doctors shared that Ngeke’s feet are showing good progress and he might need just one more cast change before having a final surgery. Through this treatment, Ngeke’s feet will now be striaght, helping him learn to walk with ease like other children.

Ngeke’s mother says, “Thank you for your help! I am looking forward to seeing him learning to walk.”

Ngeke’s clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting is going well! He is currently on his fourth cast change with a good results after ea...

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January 19, 2022

Ngeke is a 17-month-old boy from a family of four children. Ngeke’s father is the sole provider of their family through keeping livestock. They shared that this year has been very hard for them because of the drought that hurt the pastures. This has led to a loss of cattle and income for their family.

Ngeke was born with 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, Ngeke’s family traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 20th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Ngeke’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to grow up healthy and walk much more easily.

Ngeke’s mother says, “I would be very happy to see my son’s feet normal.”

Ngeke is a 17-month-old boy from a family of four children. Ngeke's father is the sole provider of their family through keeping livestock. T...

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Ngeke's Timeline

  • January 19, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ngeke's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 21, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ngeke 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.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ngeke's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 15, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ngeke's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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