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Success! Dominick from Tanzania raised $880 for corrective leg surgery so he can start going to school.

Dominick
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$880
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Fully funded
Dominick's treatment was fully funded on June 17, 2022.

Photo of Dominick post-operation

July 14, 2022

Dominick for corrective leg surgery so he can start going to school.

Dominick has had a successful surgery that has helped prevent further issues with his legs after having recurrent fluorosis. He is currently on bed rest and has a full cast on both legs. Through this surgery, Dominick will walk with ease and will soon be able to start school.

Dominick’s mother says, “I was not sure if my son could get treatment again. Thank you very much and may God bless you all.’’

Dominick has had a successful surgery that has helped prevent further issues with his legs after having recurrent fluorosis. He is currently...

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May 5, 2022

Dominick is a young boy who is the first-born in a family of three children. His parents are subsistence farmers. He is yet to be enrolled in school because of difficulty he has in walking.

Dominick was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward at the knees. 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 difficulty walking. His parents first noticed the bending of the legs as he learnt to walk and took him to the hospital where they were given calcium and vitamin to use, but there was no improvement in his condition.

Due to financial challenges, his parents were not able to continue treatment for Dominick. Last year, they decided to bring him to Arusha for special prayers. There, they met an employee of African Mission Healthcare, who advised them to try seeking treatment at their care center ALMC Hospital. Through earlier support, Dominick had a successful surgery that helped correct both of his legs. However, he came back for follow up three months later and his legs were already relapsing, which is limiting his mobility again.

Dominick was prescribed calcium to use for three months before a reassessment. It has now been determined that he needs another surgery to help correct his legs. In this surgery the doctors will place implants to help prevent his legs from relapsing again. His parents are asking for support to make his care possible.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dominick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. Treatment will hopefully restore Dominick’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Dominick’s mother says, “Please help us once more. His legs are bending again.”

Dominick is a young boy who is the first-born in a family of three children. His parents are subsistence farmers. He is yet to be enrolled i...

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Dominick's Timeline

  • May 5, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dominick was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dominick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dominick 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.

  • June 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dominick's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dominick's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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