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Success! Lengelai from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Lengelai
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$890
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$0
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Fully funded
Lengelai's treatment was fully funded on May 31, 2020.

Photo of Lengelai post-operation

March 12, 2020

Lengelai underwent clubfoot treatment.

Lengelai is having successful clubfoot treatment with manipulation and casting that is helping correct his right foot. This condition was making walking for him very challenging especially walking to and from school. Through this treatment, he will be able to walk normally again. He had a final surgery when clubfoot specialists arrived at the hospital end of the month.

Lengelai says, “I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for helping and supporting me so that I can have my foot treated, thank you very much.’’

Lengelai is having successful clubfoot treatment with manipulation and casting that is helping correct his right foot. This condition was ma...

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February 10, 2020

Lengelai is a secondary school student from Tanzania who loves geography and mathematics. He has not made up his mind yet regarding who he wants to be when he grows up; he thinks maybe a teacher or maybe a doctor but he is worried because he finds chemistry a little challenging.

He is a third-born child to his mother and one of many children to his father who has four wives and many children. Lengelai does not know half of his siblings but knows that they live elsewhere in another town. Lengelai’s father is a pastoralist and his mother is a stay-at-home mom.

Lengelai has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Lengelai traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Lengelai’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes.

Lengelai says, “My life would be a little bit easier if am able to have this foot treated as I am struggling a lot. Please help.”

Lengelai is a secondary school student from Tanzania who loves geography and mathematics. He has not made up his mind yet regarding who he w...

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Lengelai's Timeline

  • February 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lengelai was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • February 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lengelai received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • February 17, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lengelai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lengelai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 31, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lengelai's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Lengelai's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.