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Success! Pendaeli from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot surgery.

Pendaeli
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Pendaeli's treatment was fully funded on September 15, 2021.

Photo of Pendaeli post-operation

July 29, 2021

Pendaeli underwent clubfoot surgery so he can walk without difficulties.

Pendaeli’s clubfoot casting for his left foot is going well! Through this treatment, Pendaeli’s foot will be back in a normal position so he can walk to school like other children and lead a full life ahead. At the end of the casting treatment he will have surgery and his family is looking forward to his full recovery.

Pendaeli’s mother shares her gratitude for Watsi donors’ support, “God bless you so much for treating my son’s foot. There was no way I was going to afford his treatment cost. Thank you very much.”

Pendaeli’s clubfoot casting for his left foot is going well! Through this treatment, Pendaeli’s foot will be back in a normal position so he...

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June 10, 2021

Pendaeli is a 10-year-old student and the youngest child in a family of seven children. All of his siblings are grown and have moved to other cities in search of jobs. Pendaeli is being raised by his widowed mother. She is a small-scale farmer growing maize and vegetables for their family’s food and to sell for an income. She also seeks out a variety of other jobs, like doing laundry for neighbors.

Pendaeli has clubfoot on his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping him receive treatment. He traveled to AMH’s care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 11th. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Now, Pendaeli’s family needs $935 to fund the procedure.

Pendaeli’s mother shared, “finding money to take my son for treatment has been a big challenge and the cost is too high for me to afford. Please help.”

Pendaeli is a 10-year-old student and the youngest child in a family of seven children. All of his siblings are grown and have moved to othe...

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Pendaeli's Timeline

  • June 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pendaeli 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.

  • June 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pendaeli's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pendaeli's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pendaeli's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

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

Nereah is a beautiful four-year-old girl. Nereah is the firstborn in a family of two and likes to play a lot, which makes her parents very happy to see. At the moment, she has started preschool. Nereah’s mother is a homemaker, while her father is a laborer at road construction sites whenever he can get the work. They have had National Health Insurance in the past, but now to reactivate they are were required to pay upfront for one year, which they could not afford. Fortunately, the Nazareth Hospital Reception team identified their significant need and referred them to our medical partner's representative at the hospital. As Nereah's parents cannot afford the surgery, they need help raising $565 for her care. According to her mother, Nereah’s condition started when she was about three weeks old, but her mother did not realize it was a problem until about one year ago. She has been having frequent nose blockage and needs to breathe through her mouth especially at night, as well as as frequent common colds and swelling of her tonsils. Despite getting various types of medication, there has not been improvement. A scan showed adenoid-palatine hypertrophy, and the ENT team has advised surgery to solve her condition. If not treated, Nereah will continue suffering from symptoms and may have further complications like middle ear infections and sleeping disorders. “We have been waiting and hoping insurance would approve our surgical request, but now we don’t know what to do. We hope her surgery could be sponsored so that our daughter can get treated and stop suffering at night,” said Nereah’s mother.

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