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

Michael
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Michael's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2017.

Photo of Michael post-operation

January 23, 2018

Michael underwent orthopedic surgery.

After the treatment that Michael received, his legs are now straightened. This means he will be able to move easily and without pain. He will be able to attend school and play.

Michael’s mother says, “I do not know what to say after Michael’s treatment. I am very happy and very thankful, God bless you all. Michael will attend school after treatment and full recovery.”

After the treatment that Michael received, his legs are now straightened. This means he will be able to move easily and without pain. He wil...

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November 16, 2017

Michael is a three-year-old baby from Tanzania. He is happy and loves playing with other children. He has not started school yet. Michael lives with his family of six. Michael’s father sells shoes, while his mother sells fresh maize at the market.

Michael was diagnosed with bilateral congenital genu varus. Michael’s legs are bowed outwards, with his ankles touching. 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 feels pain and tiredness when walking, running, or lifting heavy objects.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Michael. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 17. Treatment will hopefully restore Michael’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Michael’s mother says, “I will take very good care of Michael when he gets treated and make sure to take him to school after recovery of his legs.”

Michael is a three-year-old baby from Tanzania. He is happy and loves playing with other children. He has not started school yet. Michael li...

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Michael's Timeline

  • November 16, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Michael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Michael's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 02, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Michael 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.

  • January 23, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Michael's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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