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Success! Ester from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot correction.

Ester
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
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$0
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Fully funded
Ester's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Ester post-operation

December 6, 2017

Ester underwent clubfoot correction.

Ester is doing well after starting her casting and manipulation treatment. She is in her second week of treatment. After a full recovery, when she grows up, she will be able to walk without difficulty and without pain.

Ester’s mother says, “I feel so good that Ester got treatment. I thank God and all those who contributed to Ester’s treatment.”

Ester is doing well after starting her casting and manipulation treatment. She is in her second week of treatment. After a full recovery, wh...

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November 13, 2017

Ester is a six-month-old baby from Tanzania. She is quiet and gentle. Ester lives with her parents, who are small-scale pastoralists with 20 goats and five sheep.

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

Fortunately, Ester traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ester’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, Ester will be able to walk without difficulty and attend school when she grows up.

Ester’s mother says, “I am positive that Ester will be treated and will grow up well and attend school.”

Ester is a six-month-old baby from Tanzania. She is quiet and gentle. Ester lives with her parents, who are small-scale pastoralists with 20...

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Ester's Timeline

  • November 13, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ester's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ester 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 6, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ester's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ester's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Ester'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.

Sa

Sa is a 36-year-old woman who likes to sew clothes. She also enjoys doing household chores and making delicious curries. Her husband is a nightguard at a hospital. Since 2015, Sa started to experience pain in her back and her pelvic area. Since December, her pain has worsened which makes it hard for her to sleep. She shared that she is feeling increasingly worried and depressed since she first experienced the pain and realized that she was unwell. Watsi donors helped support a CT scan and doctors have now diagnosed her with bilateral ovarian cancer. To help treat her condition, her doctors advised Sa to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Sa's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Sa is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on February 25th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she is hopeful that she'll no longer be in pain and will have a better shot at recovering from cancer. Sa said, "I was very worried when I heard that I needed surgery and that it would cost a lot of money. I was worried that if the donors stopped helping me, where would I come up with enough money to pay for my surgery. I could not sleep last night, constantly worrying about my treatment cost. When I called BCMF's staff and they told me that donors could pay for my surgery, I felt so much better. Thank you everyone for helping me."

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70%funded
$1,058raised
$442to go