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Success! Levina from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so she can walk easily and return to school.

Levina
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Levina's treatment was fully funded on September 10, 2021.

Photo of Levina post-operation

September 21, 2021

Levina underwent clubfoot repair surgery so she can walk easily and return to school.

Levina’s treatment is going on well and her foot is showing great progress. She is currently on her second cast change to help reposition her foot. Through this treatment, Levina will be back to normal helping her walk without feeling pain and leading a life free of disability.

Levina’s mother says, “We are thankful for you coming in and helping our daughter get her needed treatment. This wouldn’t have been possible without your funding help. Thank you very much.”

Levina’s treatment is going on well and her foot is showing great progress. She is currently on her second cast change to help reposition he...

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August 12, 2021

Levina is a bright 10-year-old student. She is very social and loves to study. She is especially gifted in science and math! She is the youngest child in a family of four children. Her mother stays at home to care for the family. Although her father does not have permanent work, he owns a chainsaw and seeks lumber jobs as they are available during timber seasons.

Levina is experiencing clubfoot in her left foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. As a result, she has difficulty walking and wearing shoes. Due to the persistent pain of walking, she had to stop ​school to seek treatment for her left foot.

Levina’s family traveled to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for her treatment. On August 13th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery that will allow Levina to walk easily. AMH is requesting $935 to fund this procedure.

Levina’s mother shared, “We decided to stop her from going to school so that we can find treatment for her foot as it is troubling her so much in walking. Her treatment cost is too high for us to afford.”

Levina is a bright 10-year-old student. She is very social and loves to study. She is especially gifted in science and math! She is the youn...

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Levina's Timeline

  • August 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Levina 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.

  • August 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Levina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 10, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Levina's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Levina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Levina'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.