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Success! Sailephu from Tanzania raised $838 to fund orthopedic surgery.

Sailephu
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$838
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$0
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Fully funded
Sailephu's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.

Photo of Sailephu post-operation

November 6, 2018

Sailephu underwent orthopedic surgery.

Sailephu’s surgery went well. He currently has full casts on both legs.

Sailephu’s father says, “Thank you very much for treating my son and giving him a chance to walk again with neither difficulty nor pain.”

Sailephu’s surgery went well. He currently has full casts on both legs. Sailephu’s father says, “Thank you very much for treating my son ...

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September 6, 2018

Sailephu is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the second child in a family of eight children.

Sailephu was diagnosed with windswept deformity. His right knee is bent inwards, while his left is bent outwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has been able to go to school.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Sailephu. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 6. Treatment will hopefully restore Sailephu’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Sailephu’s father says, “I was informed by a friend that there is hope of treatment for my son here. That’s why I came. Please help him.”

Sailephu is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the second child in a family of eight children. Sailephu was diagnosed with windswept defor...

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Sailephu's Timeline

  • September 6, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 07, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sailephu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 25, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sailephu 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 05, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sailephu's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 06, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sailephu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Sailephu'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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Peter

Peter is a young boy from Kenya. Peter was diagnosed with left undescended testis in mid-2018. This is a condition where the testis cannot be felt in the scrotal sac as expected in a baby boy soon after birth. For a year now, Peter has been under her grandmother’s care. He recently began complaining of abdominal pains. Painkillers could barely ease the pain. From the nearest local clinic, ultrasound scanning revealed that Peter has a left undescended testis. The funds needed were, however, way beyond what Peter’s grandmother could raise. She resigned to fate until recently when a friend told them about the SAFE program at Kijabe hospital. Upon review in our facility, surgery was advised. If not treated, Peter is at risk of developing testicular cancer and/or inguinal hernia and potentially a testicular torsion. Peter is the third born of four children. He lives with his widowed maternal grandmother and siblings in a two-room house in Central Kenya. His parents abandoned him and his siblings and do not offer any assistance whatsoever. Peter’s grandmother has three grown children and does subsistence farming to provide just enough for her grandchildren and herself. Peter is in class one and aspires to be a pilot in future. His favorite subject is mathematics. His grandmother is appealing for help to see him get treated. Peter will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on September 27th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a pilot when I grow up,” says Peter

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22%funded
$120raised
$415to go

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