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Success! Magdalena from Tanzania raised $890 to fund bilateral clubfoot treatment.

Magdalena
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Magdalena's treatment was fully funded on November 22, 2020.

Photo of Magdalena post-operation

April 17, 2020

Magdalena underwent life-changing bilateral clubfoot treatment.

Magdalena’s clubfoot manipulation and casting are going on well and her feet are showing great progress. She is currently on her fourth cast change and she will be having her fifth cast change today. Through this treatment, Magdalena will be able to learn how to walk like other normal children without the challenges she would have gone through while learning to walk due to her feet being wrongly positioned. She will now be able to grow into a strong woman without a disability.

Magdalena’s mother says, “I can already see a great change in my daughter’s feet. Soon her feet will be normal and all thanks to you for helping fund her treatment cost which we couldn’t afford. God bless you.”

Magdalena’s clubfoot manipulation and casting are going on well and her feet are showing great progress. She is currently on her fourth cast...

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February 20, 2020

Magdalena is a 4-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the last born child in a family of three children. Her parents are small-scale farmers selling vegetables for a living.

Magdalena has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Magdalena traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 21st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Magdalena’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when she grows up.

Michael’s mother says, “We are unable to afford her treatment cost due to financial challenges please help our daughter.”

Magdalena is a 4-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the last born child in a family of three children. Her parents are small-scale fa...

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Magdalena's Timeline

  • February 20, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Magdalena was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • February 21, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Magdalena received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • February 24, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Magdalena's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Magdalena's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Magdalena's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Magdalena's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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