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Success! Noel from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so that he can walk easily.

Noel
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Noel's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Noel post-operation

January 13, 2022

Noel underwent clubfoot repair surgery so that he can walk easily.

Our medical partner just shared that Noel’s treatment of manipulation and casting, which is helping correct both of his legs, is going very well. Noel has been having a hard time walking, wearing shoes and carrying out his daily life activities.

Noel’s mother says, “I had never thought that my son would one day have his feet corrected but thanks to your funding help, he is now having his feet healed. Thank you.”

Our medical partner just shared that Noel’s treatment of manipulation and casting, which is helping correct both of his legs, is going very ...

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December 16, 2021

Noel is a nine-year-old student and the oldest child of two children in his family. He is currently in first grade in school, and will join second grade early next year. Noel’s mother works as a small-scale farmer to make a living, and sells her surplus when possible.

Noel has clubfoot of both feet, a condition in which his feet are twisted out of shape causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. This year, Noel has had difficulty walking to and from school.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Noel receive treatment. On December 17th, Noel will undergo clubfoot repair surgery at AMH’s care center, and now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Noel’s procedure and care. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily.

Noel’s mother shared, “I have always wanted to seek treatment for my son but due to financial challenges, I have not been able to get the money.”

Noel is a nine-year-old student and the oldest child of two children in his family. He is currently in first grade in school, and will join ...

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Noel's Timeline

  • December 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Noel 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 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Noel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Noel's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Noel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Noel'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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