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Success! Alfy from Cambodia raised $444 to fund repair of his feet.

Alfy
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$444
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Fully funded
Alfy's treatment was fully funded on September 21, 2022.

Photo of Alfy post-operation

October 5, 2022

Alfy underwent surgery to heal his feet.

Alfy and his parents traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre, where he had successful surgery to correct his foot condition. The physiotherapist worked with his mother to explain the range of motion and stretching exercises once his cast is off, and what to expect when he tries to start crawling in several months. He will be fitted with a brace in a few months, which he will wear for about three months as he grows more mobile. When his treatment plan is complete, Alfy should be able to crawl and eventually walk and run when he is older - just like his older siblings.

Alfy’s mother said, “We are so grateful that my son’s feet will be normal by the time he learns to walk. We were so afraid he would never walk or be able to attend school. Thank you to the hospital staff for all they taught us, and thank you to the people who helped to pay for his care so he can grow up healthy like other children.”

Alfy and his parents traveled to Children's Surgical Centre, where he had successful surgery to correct his foot condition. The physiotherap...

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April 22, 2022

Alfy is a three-month-old baby from Cambodia. Alfy’s mother stays at home to take care of him and his two older brothers and one big sister, while Alfy’s father sells pork at the local market. His parents tell us that Alfy is a good baby who sleeps most of the day, but not always at night.

Alfy has clubfoot of both feet, which means that his feet are twisted, which will make it difficult for him to wear shoes and to walk as he grows.

Fortunately, Alfy’s family traveled three and half hours to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). There, surgeons will perform an operation on April 22nd that will mean that when he is older, Alfy will be able to stand and walk. CSC is requesting $444 to fund this life changing surgery.

His mother said: “I hope the surgery will help him when he is old enough to walk, so he can be like other children.”

Alfy is a three-month-old baby from Cambodia. Alfy's mother stays at home to take care of him and his two older brothers and one big sister...

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Alfy's Timeline

  • April 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Alfy was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alfy received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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.

  • April 28, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alfy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 21, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alfy's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alfy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $444 for Alfy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$357
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients with clubfoot experience difficulty walking, as the affected foot or feet are rotated internally at the ankle.

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

Patients with clubfoot walk on the side of their feet or ankles, making it difficult for them to walk, run, or use stairs. It can also be difficult to conduct daily activities, such as working or going to school. Patients may also experience decreased self-confidence due to the appearance of the condition.

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

Access to affordable or free surgery is limited in Cambodia, so the prevalence of children with clubfoot is higher than in developed countries.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

If a patient is too old to receive clubfoot correction through casts, braces, or other treatments, he or she will undergo surgery. The patient may undergo a soft tissue release surgery, a tendon transfer surgery, a triple arthrodesis, or an Ilizarov correction procedure.

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

The ankle is corrected and aligned so the patient can walk normally on the soles of his or her feet. This improves mobility and function.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Treatment for idiopathic newborn clubfeet has a high success rate. In contrast, syndromic newborn clubfeet have a high recurrence rate and may require further surgery later in life. For neglected clubfeet in older patients, surgery is needed and is usually effective.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Access to affordable or free surgery is limited in Cambodia. Patients travel from as many as 12 hours away to reach our medical partner for free surgery. They travel with family members.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Most of the clubfoot cases our medical partner sees are neglected cases. The patient may have never received treatment, may have received unsuccessful treatments, or may have a reoccurring condition. By the time the patient arrives at our medical partner, there are no alternatives.

Meet another patient you can support

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Su

Su is 10-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Both of her parents work for a community based organization helping others in their area. In her free time, Su likes to draw pictures and play with her friends. Su was born with clubfeet and a dislocated hip. She received corrective surgery in Chiang Mai with the help of our medical partner BCMF after she was born. During her last visit to the hospital when she was young, the doctor told her mother that they only had to return to the hospital when she outgrew her clubfeet correction shoes. However, her parents could never bring her back. In additional to financial constraints, their legal documents expired, and later when they had legal documents, they could not go to Chiang Mai due to covid-19 travel restrictions. In June 2022, Su started to experience pain in her right foot whenever she walked more than 10 minutes. She also experienced pain in her right hip for the first time when she walked. The doctor at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed her with a dislocated hip and referred her to the larger hospital Chiang Mai for further treatment. In October an MRI was performed for Su and it was determined that she may need two surgeries: one for hrt hip and another for her clubfeet condition. The first surgery is for a hip replacement and the doctor scheduled her for surgery on November 25th so she can be out of pain as quickly as possible. Her family needs $1500 for her hip replacement surgery. Su's father said, "I am hopeful for my daughter to receive surgery soon. After surgery, I hope that she will be able to walk like other children and she will not be shy when she grows up. Now, when she goes to school, some of her friends tease her that she cannot walk properly like other children."

56% funded

56%funded
$852raised
$648to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Su

Su is 10-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Both of her parents work for a community based organization helping others in their area. In her free time, Su likes to draw pictures and play with her friends. Su was born with clubfeet and a dislocated hip. She received corrective surgery in Chiang Mai with the help of our medical partner BCMF after she was born. During her last visit to the hospital when she was young, the doctor told her mother that they only had to return to the hospital when she outgrew her clubfeet correction shoes. However, her parents could never bring her back. In additional to financial constraints, their legal documents expired, and later when they had legal documents, they could not go to Chiang Mai due to covid-19 travel restrictions. In June 2022, Su started to experience pain in her right foot whenever she walked more than 10 minutes. She also experienced pain in her right hip for the first time when she walked. The doctor at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed her with a dislocated hip and referred her to the larger hospital Chiang Mai for further treatment. In October an MRI was performed for Su and it was determined that she may need two surgeries: one for hrt hip and another for her clubfeet condition. The first surgery is for a hip replacement and the doctor scheduled her for surgery on November 25th so she can be out of pain as quickly as possible. Her family needs $1500 for her hip replacement surgery. Su's father said, "I am hopeful for my daughter to receive surgery soon. After surgery, I hope that she will be able to walk like other children and she will not be shy when she grows up. Now, when she goes to school, some of her friends tease her that she cannot walk properly like other children."

56% funded

56%funded
$852raised
$648to go