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Success! Caren from Tanzania raised $838 to fund leg surgery.

Caren
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Caren's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Caren post-operation

October 4, 2017

Caren underwent leg surgery.

Caren is doing well. Her surgery went well, and she is on long casts to allow healing and also straighten her legs. She will soon start walking without pain and discomfort.

Caren says, “ I am happy, I can’t wait to start walking again.”

Caren is doing well. Her surgery went well, and she is on long casts to allow healing and also straighten her legs. She will soon start walk...

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September 13, 2017

Caren is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is one of six children in her family, including her twin sister, who she loves and adores dearly. Caren is currently in nursery school.

Caren was born a very healthy child but as she grew, her legs started to bend outward, making it painful and difficult for her to walk. Her parents never took her to the hospital, fearing treatment would be too expensive. If not treated, however, Caren will continue experiencing pain and discomfort when walking.

On September 15, Caren will undergo surgery for her leg condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $838 for Caren’s medical care.

Caren’s father says, “I am grateful for this treatment, I can’t wait for my daughter to start walking well again.”

Caren is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is one of six children in her family, including her twin sister, who she loves and adores d...

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Caren's Timeline

  • September 13, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 15, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Caren 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.

  • September 21, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Caren's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 4, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Caren's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Caren's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Caren's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.