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Success! Irene from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot correction.

Irene
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Irene's treatment was fully funded on June 26, 2018.

Photo of Irene post-operation

May 30, 2018

Irene underwent clubfoot correction.

She is doing well. She is undergoing casting and manipulation and will soon have surgery. This treatment will allow her to continue with school.

Irene says, “Thank you for giving me a chance at normal and happy life, where people will no longer constantly stare and ask me about my leg. I cannot wait to be back to school where I will be able to walk without pain or be shy.”

She is doing well. She is undergoing casting and manipulation and will soon have surgery. This treatment will allow her to continue with sch...

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May 2, 2018

Irene is a young girl from Tanzania. She is an only child to her parents. She loves school and making new friends. Irene is currently in grade four. Her parents are both subsistence farmers.

Irene has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Irene traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 3. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Irene’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily.

Irene says, “I am grateful that I will be able to walk well like all of my friends. Thank you for getting me treated.”

Irene is a young girl from Tanzania. She is an only child to her parents. She loves school and making new friends. Irene is currently in gra...

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Irene's Timeline

  • May 2, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 02, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Irene's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 03, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Irene 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.

  • May 30, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Irene's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 26, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Irene's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 33 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Irene's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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