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Success! Naomi from Tanzania raised $880 to fund mobility-restoring leg surgery.

Naomi
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Naomi's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2021.

Photo of Naomi post-operation

January 10, 2022

Naomi underwent mobility-restoring leg surgery.

Naomi’s surgery went well and she had both of her legs corrected successfully. She currently has a full cast on both legs and is on bed rest while she heals. Through this surgery, Naomi will be able to walk without pain and be active like any other kid.

Naomi’s mother says: “I am looking forward to seeing her stand and walk again on straight legs.”

Naomi’s surgery went well and she had both of her legs corrected successfully. She currently has a full cast on both legs and is on bed rest...

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December 2, 2021

Naomi is an energetic but shy 4-year-old She is the fifth born in a family of six children. Naomi’s parents do farm work growing some maize, beans, and cassava for food. When the harvest is good they sell the extra for an income. Her mother also sells some vegetables in the market. What they earn is not enough to cover the cost of treatment that their daughter needs.

Naomi was diagnosed with genu valgus, where her legs bow inwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, She cannot walk easily and without pain.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Naomi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Naomi’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Naomi’s mother says, “I would really like for my daughter to walk without having pain. Please help us be able to get her this surgery.”

Naomi is an energetic but shy 4-year-old She is the fifth born in a family of six children. Naomi's parents do farm work growing some maize...

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Naomi's Timeline

  • December 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Naomi 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.

  • December 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Naomi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Naomi's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Naomi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

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