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

Nurudini
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$838
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Fully funded
Nurudini's treatment was fully funded on February 12, 2020.

Photo of Nurudini post-operation

March 3, 2020

Nurudini underwent right knee surgery.

Nurudini’s surgery went well. He was able to have rush rod removal from his left leg that had been corrected earlier and had his right leg corrected and placed with a rush rod. Since his discharge on January 30th, Nurudini has had a back slab cast. He went back on February 17th for the next stage of treatment under anaesthesia and returned again at the end of February for movement and casting under anaesthesia. Through this treatment, Nurudini’s legs now are normal and he will be able to walk well and in a normal way without the pain and struggles he was going through.

Nurudini’s mother says, “Thank you very much for being there for my son, he has received treatment for both of his legs. God bless you all.”

Nurudini's surgery went well. He was able to have rush rod removal from his left leg that had been corrected earlier and had his right leg c...

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January 27, 2020

Nurudini is a four year old boy from Tanzania and the last born child to his parents. He was healthy until the age of one and a half years when his legs seemed to curve by the lower side and seemingly weak. His mother, concerned, took him to the hospital for review and had calcium medications prescriptions. She hoped that the calcium would strengthen his bones preventing further curving.

Through a poster advertisement, his mother learnt of our services and brought Nurudini for treatment. He was diagnosed with genu varus and surgery is recommended. With the successful surgery, Nurudini will be able to walk with ease and reduce the chances of further disabilities. He had his left leg corrected and now Nurudini requires correction of the right leg. 

Nurudini’s mother sells vegetables at their local market while his father works at construction sites. Their combined income does not make ends meet and with the ability to retain some money for medical expenses. They appeal for financial assistance.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Nurudini. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 28th. Treatment will hopefully restore Nurudini’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Nurudini’s mother says, “My son’s walking has gotten better after having his left leg corrected though he is still limping due to the right one which he couldn’t have it corrected earlier.”

Nurudini is a four year old boy from Tanzania and the last born child to his parents. He was healthy until the age of one and a half years w...

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Nurudini's Timeline

  • January 27, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 28, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nurudini 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 29, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nurudini's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 12, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nurudini's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 03, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nurudini's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

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