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Success! Lemayan from Tanzania raised $880 for mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Lemayan
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Lemayan's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2021.

Photo of Lemayan post-operation

September 21, 2021

Lemayan underwent a mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Lemayan had a successful surgery that helped correct both of his legs. His legs are now straight so that Lemayan can walk normally with ease as he grows. He currently has a full cast on both legs, will start walking in a few weeks, and have his casts removed next month.

Lemayan’s mother says, “Thank you for your help, our son has had his needed surgery and he is going on well. We are looking forward to seeing him start walking once more.”

Lemayan had a successful surgery that helped correct both of his legs. His legs are now straight so that Lemayan can walk normally with ease...

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August 17, 2021

Lemayan is a young three year old boy and the last born child to his mother of five. His father has two wives and a total of seven children in their family. Lemayan’s parents are livestock keepers who depend on the sale of milk for their livelihood and once in a while, they are able to sell cattle, however their income is limited.

Lemayan was diagnosed with Bilateral Varus. He is having difficulty walking and has pain when he stands or walks for a short distance. His mother noticed the condition when he learned to stand and walk. It began as a slight curve, but over the years the curve has increased significantly.

His condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, it has led to Lemayan not wanting to stand or walk by himself, thus forcing the mother to carry him on her back most of the time. Through a visit of doctors to their village, his parents learned that he could get treated at Watsi’s medical partner’s care center. Lemayan’s parents cannot afford the treatment cost and are asking for help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Lemayan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 19th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lemayan’s mobility, allow him to participate in all kinds of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Lemayan’s mother says, “It was a slight curve back then when he learnt to stand but over the years the curve has increased significantly and now he is scared of walking. Please help.”

Lemayan is a young three year old boy and the last born child to his mother of five. His father has two wives and a total of seven children ...

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Lemayan's Timeline

  • August 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lemayan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lemayan 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.

  • September 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lemayan's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lemayan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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