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Success! Hillary from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery.

Hillary
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Hillary's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2021.

Photo of Hillary post-operation

June 28, 2021

Hillary underwent corrective surgery and will be walking soon.

Hillary has a successful surgery that helped correct both of his legs, which had been affected by genus varus, so that his legs had bent outwards. Walking was difficult for Hillary. After the surgery, Hillary’s legs are straight and are currently in full casts. He is healing on bed rest and will soon be ready for walking and cast removal.

Hillary’s mother is grateful, “Thank you very much for straightening my son’s legs. He was struggling to walk and I had no means to afford the treatment when I learnt his insurance cannot cover the treatment cost, but through your help and support my son now has straight legs. God bless you.”

Hillary has a successful surgery that helped correct both of his legs, which had been affected by genus varus, so that his legs had bent out...

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May 6, 2021

Hillary is a three-year-old boy and the only child to his single mother. Hillary’s mother works at a local safari company as a receptionist and through this work she is able to earn enough to support Hillary.

Hillary has been diagnosed with genu varus, which means that his legs bow outwards. The condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Hillary has difficulty walking and is unable to walk long distances.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Hillary. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 7th. It will hopefully restore Hillary’s mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly reducing his risk of future complications.

Hillary’s mother shared, “my son needs this treatment but we are stranded because his insurance cannot cover the surgery cost. Please help since I don’t think I will ever be able to save enough to afford the treatment cost.”

Hillary is a three-year-old boy and the only child to his single mother. Hillary's mother works at a local safari company as a receptionist ...

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Hillary's Timeline

  • May 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hillary was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hillary 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.

  • May 8, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hillary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hillary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hillary's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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