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Success! Alvin from Tanzania raised $838 to fund knee surgery.

Alvin
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Alvin's treatment was fully funded on April 28, 2020.

Photo of Alvin post-operation

March 9, 2020

Alvin underwent knee surgery.

Alvin’s corrective surgery for his legs went well and had his legs straighten successfully. He was still in his cast, though he has already started ambulation and he is doing ok. He’ll have just a few more days of exercises and then he will be ready to go back home. Through this surgery, Alvin will now be able to walk well and straight without complaining of pain or exhaustion after walking for even a short distance. He started his ambulation yesterday and will have his cast removed in two weeks.

Alvin’s mother says, “God bless you all so much for coming in and helping fund my son’s treatment cost that has helped correct his legs. Thank you so much.’’

Alvin’s corrective surgery for his legs went well and had his legs straighten successfully. He was still in his cast, though he has already ...

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January 23, 2020

Alvin is a baby boy from Tanzania. Alvin is very friendly and charming, he is the only child to his single mother. His mother has a small shop from where she is able to get money to support her son. The income is not much but gets them by somehow.

Alvin was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs are bowed so that his knees cannot touch. 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 difficult time walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Alvin. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 24th. Treatment will hopefully restore Alvin’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Alvin’s mother says, “As days go by my son’s legs keep worsening and walking is becoming more difficult. Please help treat him.”

Alvin is a baby boy from Tanzania. Alvin is very friendly and charming, he is the only child to his single mother. His mother has a small sh...

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Alvin's Timeline

  • January 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alvin 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.

  • January 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alvin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Alvin'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.