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Success! Evaline from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot surgery to help her walk.

Evaline
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Evaline's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2022.

Photo of Evaline post-operation

April 12, 2022

Evaline underwent clubfoot treatment to help her walk as she grows up.

Evaline’s clubfoot treatment is going well! Through this care, her family is relieved she will not struggle to learn how to stand and walk due to the disability. She can now be active, healthy, and do all the playing she wants as she grows!

Evaline’s mother says, “I would really love to see her stand and walk when she heals from her treatment.”

Evaline’s clubfoot treatment is going well! Through this care, her family is relieved she will not struggle to learn how to stand and walk d...

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March 22, 2022

Evaline is a nine-month-old baby girl, who is the youngest of two in her family. Evaline and her parents come from a Maasai community, who are largely livestock keepers. They mostly live in remote regions where they can find water and pasture for their livestock. Living in such an environment makes it difficult to access healthcare, so it is common that mothers neither go to a clinic during pregnancy nor deliver at a hospital. Most mothers deliver at home with the help of midwives.

Evaline was born with clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Evaline’s parents traveled to our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons performed clubfoot repair surgery on March 22nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Evaline’s clubfoot repair.

After treatment and recovery, she can learn to walk, run, and play like other children when the time comes. This will be especially helpful when she is school age and needs to walk longer distances to attend school,.

Evaline’s mother says, “Help my daughter, it hurts seeing her foot like this.”

Evaline is a nine-month-old baby girl, who is the youngest of two in her family. Evaline and her parents come from a Maasai community, who a...

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Evaline's Timeline

  • March 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Evaline was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Evaline 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.

  • March 23, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Evaline's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Evaline's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Evaline's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Evaline's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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