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Success! Nervin from Tanzania raised $880 to fund leg surgery so he can grow up active and healthy.

Nervin
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Nervin's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2022.

Photo of Nervin post-operation

March 3, 2022

Nervin underwent leg surgery so he can grow up active and healthy.

We’re so happy to share that Nervin’s treatment was a success!

Nervin has had both of his legs successfully corrected, after developing a bone condition commonly attributed to contaminated drinking water. He is currently recovering well and on bed rest, given both of his legs are fully casted. Through this surgery, Nervin will be able to walk and run without difficulty or discomfort, and can now grow up to lead a happy, playful, and normal life. His brother also recently underwent surgery and both are recovering well, which is a big relief for their mother.

Nervin’s mother says, “Thank you for your kindness, help, and support. Helping both of my children to have their legs corrected is a blessing. God bless you all.”

We're so happy to share that Nervin's treatment was a success! Nervin has had both of his legs successfully corrected, after developing a...

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January 10, 2022

Nervin is almost two years old and is a playful and charming boy. He has a twin brother by the name of Navin. Nervin’s father works as a phone repair person while the mother is a housewife. Over the December holidays, Nervin’s mother visited her parents in Arusha, where Watsi’s medical partner is located. When his grandparents saw the condition of Nervin’s legs, they advised his parents to seek treatment.

Nervin has been diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, where his legs bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has a hard time walking and doing all the things he wants to do.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Nervin. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 11th. Treatment will hopefully restore Nervin’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Nervin’s mother says, “Please help my children, they are struggling to walk and their legs keep worsening.”

Nervin is almost two years old and is a playful and charming boy. He has a twin brother by the name of Navin. Nervin's father works as a pho...

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Nervin's Timeline

  • January 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nervin 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 13, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nervin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nervin's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nervin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Nervin'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.