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Success! Alamunyak from Tanzania raised $880 to fund a corrective surgery for his bow-leggedness.

Alamunyak
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$880
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Fully funded
Alamunyak's treatment was fully funded on April 11, 2021.

Photo of Alamunyak post-operation

April 2, 2021

Alamunyak underwent a corrective surgery so he can walk again.

Alamunyak had a successful surgery to help correct his leg. He is currently doing well and on bed rest with a full cast. Alamunyak will be able to start his walking about five weeks from now. Because of this treatment, Alamunyak will be able to walk normally again and resume his daily life activities without the challenges he was facing due to this disability.

Alamunyak shared, “Thank you very much for helping correct my legs. I am looking forward to walking and getting back to all my normal things I do.”

Alamunyak had a successful surgery to help correct his leg. He is currently doing well and on bed rest with a full cast. Alamunyak will be a...

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February 8, 2021

Alamunyak is a 16-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the first born child to his father and mother, and they have are six children together. Alamunyak’s parents are small scale farmers and livestock keepers. Because he was the firstborn, Alamunyak was never able to join school because he was the one looking after his father’s cattle. He is a hard working young man who walks long distances seeking green pasture for the cattle. Currently, Alamunyak is unable to walk well because his legs bow outwards as he walks.

Alamunyak was diagnosed with a condition called genu varus on his right leg, or bow-leggedness. 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 is in pain and cannot walk comfortably for a long distance.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Alamunyak. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Alamunyak’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Alamunyak shared, “The first surgery I had helped correct my leg, and walking became a bit easier compared to before. If I am able to get this next surgery, I will be able to walk better and be able to go back home and help my parents and siblings without difficulty.”

Alamunyak is a 16-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the first born child to his father and mother, and they have are six children together. ...

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Alamunyak's Timeline

  • February 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alamunyak 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.

  • February 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alamunyak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alamunyak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alamunyak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

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