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Success! Zablon from Tanzania raised $1,160 to fund foot surgery.

Zablon
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  • $1,160 raised, $0 to go
$1,160
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Zablon's treatment was fully funded on July 7, 2017.

Photo of Zablon post-operation

March 10, 2017

Zablon underwent foot surgery.

Zablon has responded extremely well to his treatment for bilateral clubfeet. His feet are no longer twisted. He will be able to learn to walk, a developmental milestone that is important at his age. As he grows, he will enjoy independence and the ability to walk to school.

“I am so relieved that there is treatment for this condition, and that I can get the help to give it to my child. I will make sure he has every opportunity in life,” says Zablon’s mother.

Zablon has responded extremely well to his treatment for bilateral clubfeet. His feet are no longer twisted. He will be able to learn to wal...

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February 15, 2017

Zablon is a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. He lives with his mother, grandmother, and two siblings. His mother is unmarried and stays at home to look after the children, while his grandmother works to support the family.

Zablon was born with bilateral clubfeet, a condition in which both his feet are turned inward, making him unable to walk. On February 17, Zablon will undergo surgery at our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), to correct his feet. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,160 in funds to cover the cost of his surgery, labs, and casts.

“I wish to see my child walking normally, in order for him to attend school and be successful,” says Zablon’s mother.

After recovery, Zablon will be able to walk and will become independently mobile!

Zablon is a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. He lives with his mother, grandmother, and two siblings. His mother is unmarried and stays at ho...

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Zablon's Timeline

  • February 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Zablon was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • February 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zablon 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.

  • February 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zablon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zablon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 7, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zablon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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