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Success! Faustin from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment so she can grow up in good health.

Faustin
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Faustin's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2022.

Photo of Faustin post-operation

September 20, 2022

Faustin underwent clubfoot treatment so she can grow up in good health.

Faustin’s clubfoot treatment is going very well! She is having casting to help correct her left foot and after one more cast change in the coming days, she will have a final surgery to fully complete her treatment. This care ensures she will have a straight foot and can grow up active, healthy, and with confidence.

Faustin’s mother says, “I am very grateful for the help and treatment you offered my daughter. I hope she fully recovers soon.”

Faustin's clubfoot treatment is going very well! She is having casting to help correct her left foot and after one more cast change in the c...

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August 8, 2022

Faustin is an adorable one-month-old baby from Tanzania who is the third child in her family. To support their family, her father is a small-scale subsistence farmer, and her mother is a homemaker. Her parents share that the income they earn is enough to sustain their basic needs.

Since Faustine was born, her mother has been to several hospitals seeking medical care for her condition. Faustin was born with clubfoot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. Her left foot is twisted inward, making it difficult for her to straighten it. If not treated, she will experience difficulty walking and wearing shoes when she grows up.

Fortunately, Faustin’s family traveled to our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, to seek medical treatment. On August 9th, surgeons there will perform clubfoot repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Faustin’s clubfoot repair, which will allow her to grow up in good health.

Faustine’s mother says, “I feel so blessed knowing that my daughter will get treatment and grow up to have a normal life.”

Faustin is an adorable one-month-old baby from Tanzania who is the third child in her family. To support their family, her father is a small...

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Faustin's Timeline

  • August 8, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Faustin was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 8, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Faustin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Faustin 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 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Faustin's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Faustin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Faustin'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.