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Success! Nivan from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery for his knee condition.

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Nivan's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2021.

Photo of Nivan post-operation

May 13, 2021

Nivan underwent corrective surgery for his knee condition.

Nivan had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs which had curved inwards making walking painful and difficult for him. Through this treatment, Nivan’s legs will no longer be deformed and he’ll be able to walk on straight strong legs. His family is relieved that he’ll be able to go to school and enjoy playing with other children without challenges due to his legs.

Nivan’s mother says, “God bless you all for your help in correcting my son’s legs. Our son’s insurance couldn’t cover the treatment cost but through your funding, my son has now had his legs corrected successfully. Thank you very much!”

Nivan had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs which had curved inwards making walking painful and difficult for hi...

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April 15, 2021

Nivan is a social and very friendly boy, the youngest in his family of three children. Currently, he attends a small kindergarten, which is close to their home. His parents had previously enrolled him at a government school, but he had to change schools due to the distance he had to walk to get there, which was difficult for him. Nivan’s father is a small scale farmer, and also owns a small kiosk where they sell basics like sugar, flour and vegetables.

Nivan was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, or knock knees. As a result, his legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Nivan is not able to walk long distances due to pain.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Nivan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 16th. Treatment will hopefully restore Nivan’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Nivan’s mother shared, “We have tried to seek treatment for our son with no success. We even used our saving to get medical insurance for him but it turned out it cannot cover his treatment cost. Please help us.”

Nivan is a social and very friendly boy, the youngest in his family of three children. Currently, he attends a small kindergarten, which is ...

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Nivan's Timeline

  • April 15, 2021

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

  • April 17, 2021

    Nivan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 22, 2021

    Nivan 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.

  • April 22, 2021

    Nivan's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 13, 2021

    Nivan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Nivan's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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