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Success! Dora from Tanzania raised $880 to fund leg corrective surgery so she can continue schooling.

Dora
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Dora's treatment was fully funded on July 31, 2021.

Photo of Dora post-operation

August 13, 2021

Dora underwent leg corrective surgery and is so happy she can continue schooling.

Dora has had a successful surgery that has helped correct her left leg that had curved inward, making walking exhausting and painful for her, especially walking to school. Through this surgery, walking will no longer be a challenge for Dora and she will be able to carry out her other life activities without limitation. She will be able to resume walking to school and focus on her education without pain or fear of future complications.

Dora says “I am looking forward to resuming school and continuing with my studies. Thank you very much!”

Dora has had a successful surgery that has helped correct her left leg that had curved inward, making walking exhausting and painful for her...

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July 14, 2021

Dora is a teenager studying in class six and her best subjects are English and Swahili. Once she completes her studies, Dora has dreams to become a teacher. At home, she is the seventh oldest of her mother’s eleven children. Dora’s father has three wives, so Dora has twenty siblings total. Dora likes helping her mother with home chores, such as washing dishes and keeping their home clean. Dora’s parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetable, and they also have a few cattle that they depend on for milk.

Dora was diagnosed with left genu valgus, a condition typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, her left leg is bowed so that her knees touch, thus making walking difficult. Dora has to walk forty minutes one way to and from school everyday, so this condition poses a significant barrier to Dora continuing her education and pursuing her aspirations.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dora. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Dora’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Dora shares her current condition, “When I walk to school my leg pains so much there are days I am unable to put weight on the leg especially when it’s cold. Please help me.”

Dora is a teenager studying in class six and her best subjects are English and Swahili. Once she completes her studies, Dora has dreams to b...

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Dora's Timeline

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dora 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 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dora's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dora's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dora's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Dora's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.