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Success! Daniel from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment so he can walk and run with friends.

Daniel
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Daniel's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2021.

Photo of Daniel post-operation

May 4, 2022

Daniel underwent clubfoot treatment so he can walk and run with friends.

Our medical partner shared that Daniel has had a successful treatment which has helped correct his right foot. First through manipulation and casting, and finally with a surgery, his clubfoot is fully corrected. His family is happy that he can now wear shoes and walk without difficulty or pain.

Daniel shared, “I am happy I can now wear shoes and I can walk well. Thank you very much.”

Our medical partner shared that Daniel has had a successful treatment which has helped correct his right foot. First through manipulation an...

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October 25, 2021

Daniel is a bright student and the firstborn in a family of three children. He is a social and playful boy. Daniel is currently in class four and his best subjects are mathematic and Swahili. Daniel’s parents are small-scale farmers who depend entirely on what they harvest for their food. They are having a hard time making ends meet so haven’t been able to seek treatment for their son.

Daniel 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, Daniel traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 26th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Daniel’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily.

Daniel says “I will be happy if my foot is treated and I am able to wear shoes and walk normally.”

Daniel is a bright student and the firstborn in a family of three children. He is a social and playful boy. Daniel is currently in class fou...

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Daniel's Timeline

  • October 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Daniel 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.

  • October 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Daniel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Daniel's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Daniel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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