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Success! Shamra from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment for her left foot.

Shamra
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Shamra's treatment was fully funded on January 30, 2021.

Photo of Shamra post-operation

March 4, 2021

Shamra underwent clubfoot treatment for her left foot.

Shamra’s manipulation and casting is going well and her foot is showing a good score after every cast change. This treatment will help correct her foot enabling her to walk like other children. Her grandmother is happy that she’ll be to walk to school and not be discriminated against due to disability.

Shamra’s grandmother says, “God bless you so much for helping fund and treat my granddaughter, this would have not been possible without your help.”

Shamra’s manipulation and casting is going well and her foot is showing a good score after every cast change. This treatment will help corre...

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January 18, 2021

Shamra is a 3-year-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the firstborn of two children in her family.

Shamra has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes her difficulty with walking and wearing shoes. She needs surgery to help re-position her foot correctly.

Currently, Shamra and her sibling are being looked after by their grandmother because their mother has been sick for a long time and is unable to care for herself and her children. Given her age, their grandmother shared with us that she is really struggling to provide and care for both her daughter and and her grandchildren.

Shamra’s grandmother sells boiled maize and groundnuts by the roadside in order to feed and care for her sick daughter and her grandchildren. Shamra’s father has been absent for some time and does not provide support for their family. Their family appeals for financial support for the care that Shamra needs.

Fortunately, Shamra traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery and ongoing treatment starting on January 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Shamra’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk and play easily again.

Shamra’s grandmother shared, “Please help my granddaughter as we are going through a very challenging situation and we have no means to raise the money we need. Thank you for any support you can provide.”

Shamra is a 3-year-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the firstborn of two children in her family. Shamra has clubfoot of her left foo...

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Shamra's Timeline

  • January 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 20, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shamra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shamra 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.

  • January 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shamra's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 4, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shamra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

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