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Success! Augustino from Tanzania raised $940 for corrective surgery to help him walk.

Augustino
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Fully funded
Augustino's treatment was fully funded on July 2, 2016.

Photo of Augustino post-operation

July 5, 2016

Augustino underwent a successful surgery to help him walk.

A bilateral distal femoral osteotomy was done successfully and currently Augustino is wearing leg casts while the wounds are healing. Once the casts are removed, Augustino will need physical exercises but should make a full recovery, allowing him to walk normally.

Augustine’s father shares, “My son is doing very well and I trust once the casts are removed his legs will be straight and soon enough he will be able to walk like he used to. I will work hard to take him to school. I greatly appreciate the financial support.”

A bilateral distal femoral osteotomy was done successfully and currently Augustino is wearing leg casts while the wounds are healing. Once t...

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June 13, 2016

Augustino is a cute, nine-year-old boy from Tanzania, born on November 1, 2006. Augustino is the first born in a family of four children. He was born without any problems, but when he turned five-years-old, his legs slowly started to bow inwards causing him to knock his knees when walking. He now complains of feeling pain on the knees especially when climbing up a hill. He can’t run as fast as he used to.

Augustino enjoys playing with cars and lego blocks. His mother does a bit of farm work and his father is a self-employed carpenter. What they both earn is not enough to cover their day to day expenses as well as the cost of surgery which Augustino needs.

For $940, Augustino will have surgery to treat his knocked knees, allowing him to walk properly.

“I hope my son’s legs can be straightened to allow him to walk properly so that he can go to school,” his father shared, “and later on get a good career and ability to live an independent life.”

Augustino is a cute, nine-year-old boy from Tanzania, born on November 1, 2006. Augustino is the first born in a family of four children. He...

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Augustino's Timeline

  • June 13, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Augustino was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 14, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Augustino 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.

  • July 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Augustino's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Augustino's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Augustino's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 33 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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Regina

Regina is a 13-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the secondborn in a family of three children. Her parents separated a few years back, and she and all of her siblings currently live with their mother in their ancestral home. Regina’s mother practices small-scale farming to provide food for their family. Her mother shares that she previously ran a small kiosk in their hometown where she sold fruits, but she has been unable to sustain the business since Regina fell sick in June. They currently rely on Regina’s grandmother to help support them. Regina has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Regina has been experiencing fevers and severe headaches. Although she and her family have been to different hospitals seeking treatment, they have not seen much change in her condition. Fortunately, they were referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, where she will undergo surgery to treat her hydrocephalus. Without treatment, Regina would experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Regina. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 17th and will drain the excess fluid from Regina's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Regina will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Regina’s mother says, “I am not happy that my child is in this condition. I want her to get well and bring back my happiness.”

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