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Success! Emmanuel from Tanzania raised $838 to fund treatment for his legs.

Emmanuel
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Emmanuel post-operation

November 3, 2017

Emmanuel underwent treatment for his legs.

Emmanuel underwent surgery to correct the windswept deformity that was making it hard for him to walk. Long casts were applied to help straighten his legs. He is recovering well. Emmanuel will be able to walk without pain or discomfort.

Emmanuel says, “Thank you all for treating me, I am happy that I will no longer face difficulties when walking.”

Emmanuel underwent surgery to correct the windswept deformity that was making it hard for him to walk. Long casts were applied to help strai...

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October 15, 2017

Emmanuel is seven years old and the fourth child in a family of five children. Emmanuel’s parents rely on subsistence farming. They mostly grow rice.

Emmanuel wishes to go to school like his brothers, but due to the severe condition of his lower limbs he is unable to walk the long distance to school. Emmanuel’s left leg is bent inwards and his right leg is bent outwards, a condition known as windswept deformity. He feels pain when walking or running. He visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, and learned that he would need surgery. Corrective surgery will restore Emmanuel’s ability to walk properly and allow him to go to school and do other things with ease. He is scheduled for treatment on October 17.

The surgery will cost $838. What his father earns is not enough to cover the cost of surgery, so the family needs help raising money.

Emmanuel says, “I would like to work in the farm like my father when I grow up.”

Emmanuel is seven years old and the fourth child in a family of five children. Emmanuel’s parents rely on subsistence farming. They mostly g...

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Emmanuel's Timeline

  • October 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Emmanuel was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • October 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Emmanuel received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • October 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Emmanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 03, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Emmanuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Emmanuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.