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Ikram from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so he can walk easily and go to school.

Ikram
100%
  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ikram's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2021.
December 8, 2021

Ikram began treatment for clubfoot, but had to relocate to another area of the country.

Our medical partner just shared an update with us that we wanted to share with you. Ikram’s parents have had to stop his treatment with our medical partner as they are moving to another region that is far away. Doctors have recommended other treatment centers that are near the area they are moving so they can get help and treatment for Ikram. This type of care requires a lot of follow up and visits, so this will be much easier for them in the long run.

Our medical partner just shared an update with us that we wanted to share with you. Ikram’s parents have had to stop his treatment with our ...

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November 11, 2021

Ikram is a friendly, playful 4-year-old boy and the only child of his parents. His family recently moved from the city back to the village in Tanzania due to the lack of work and hardships they experienced. His parents work as small-scale farmers to provide for the family. Ikram cannot attend school right now as his parents are worried the walk to school will be painful for him. They also shared that he may experience discrimination by other children.

Ikram was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Ikram’s family traveled to visit the care center at our medical partner’s care, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). On November 16th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. AMH is requesting $935 to fund Ikram’s procedure. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes.

Ikram’s mother shared, “Life took a quick turn, and we could no longer afford to live in the city. We moved back to the village and hope for a better life.”

Ikram is a friendly, playful 4-year-old boy and the only child of his parents. His family recently moved from the city back to the village i...

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Ikram's Timeline

  • November 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 16, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Ikram was scheduled to receive 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.

  • November 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ikram's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 8, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Ikram is no longer raising funds.

  • December 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ikram's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

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