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

Modesta
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$838
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$0
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Fully funded
Modesta's treatment was fully funded on December 6, 2019.

Photo of Modesta post-operation

December 17, 2019

Modesta underwent knee surgery.

Modesta has a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her legs that had bowed outwards making walking difficult for her. Through this surgery, she will now be able to walk with straight legs like other children. She will be able to start walking more on her own on January 6th and her cast is scheduled to be removed on January 20th.

Modesta’s father says, “I am really grateful for all your help and support in helping treat my daughter. Thank you very much.’’

Modesta has a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her legs that had bowed outwards making walking difficult for her. Through ...

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December 4, 2019

Modesta is a beautiful and playful 5-year-old girl from Tanzania who struggles to walk due to genu varum, a condition where the legs curve outward at the knees. She falls often when she tries to run. The curving has increased as she has grown. Her parents did not think its a treatable condition, but during an outreach program, her father learnt of the treatment option and hopes to have Modesta treated.

With successful surgery, Modesta will be able to walk with ease and less pain. She will also walk to school easily when she joins. Modesta’s parents are peasant farmers relying on maize, sorghum and vegetable plantations to meet their daily needs. They have limited income to pay for the cost of surgery. Modesta lives with her parents and 8 siblings. The family appeals for financial assistance. 

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Modesta. Treatment will hopefully restore Modesta’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Modesta’s father says, “The treatment cost is too expensive for us to afford please help.”

Modesta is a beautiful and playful 5-year-old girl from Tanzania who struggles to walk due to genu varum, a condition where the legs curve o...

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Modesta's Timeline

  • December 4, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Modesta was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • December 05, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Modesta 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.

  • December 05, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Modesta's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Modesta's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Modesta's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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