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Success! Imran from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot surgery.

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Imran's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Imran post-operation

November 2, 2017

Imran underwent clubfoot surgery.

Imran is in his third week of manipulation and casting treatment, and he is doing well. This treatment will help Imran to be able to walk independently when he grows up. He will not be subjected to stigma or experience pain, and he will be able to attend school.

Imran’s mother says, “I am very happy and thankful that Imran is getting treatment and he is improving a lot. God bless all those who have contributed for Imran’s treatment.”

Imran is in his third week of manipulation and casting treatment, and he is doing well. This treatment will help Imran to be able to walk in...

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October 11, 2017

Imran is a happy, gentle 11-month-old boy from Tanzania. He lives with his mother at his grandparents’ house.

Imran was born with clubfoot of his left foot—a condition where the foot turns inward. As Imran grows up, this condition can cause difficulty walking and pain that may make it hard for him to attend school or engage in activities like other kids his age. The condition’s stigmatization could also take a toll.

On October 13, Imran will receive the treatment he needs. Afterwards, he will be able to learn to walk without difficulty, attend school, and participate in other activities free from pain or stigma. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $890 for Imran’s treatment.

Imran’s mother says, “I will be very happy to see my child get treated and be in a normal condition, I promise to take Imran to school when he grows up because I do not have any doubt that Imran will be well after treatment.”

Imran is a happy, gentle 11-month-old boy from Tanzania. He lives with his mother at his grandparents' house. Imran was born with clubfo...

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Imran's Timeline

  • October 11, 2017

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

  • October 13, 2017

    Imran's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 18, 2017

    Imran 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.

  • November 02, 2017

    Imran's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018

    Imran's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Imran's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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