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Success! Kishimwi from Tanzania raised $880 to fund life-changing clubfoot treatment.

Kishimwi
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$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Kishimwi's treatment was fully funded on August 12, 2021.

Photo of Kishimwi post-operation

August 16, 2021

Kishimwi underwent life-changing clubfoot treatment.

Kishimwi had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs which had made walking painful and difficult for him. Through this surgery Kishimwi will now walk with ease like other children. He is currently recovering and has a full cast on both legs, which will be removed soon. He’ll then start therapy for walking and to regain strength in his legs.

Kishimwi’s father said: “I am very happy to see my son’s legs corrected successfully. God bless you and add you more.”

Kishimwi had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs which had made walking painful and difficult for him. Through thi...

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June 29, 2021

Kishimwi is a playful and friendly young boy who is currently having a hard time walking. Kishimwi has a younger sibling, and his parents are small-scale maize and vegetable farmers who grow food for their family. His father also works as a hawker selling Maasai beads, belts and sandals in order to make extra income.

Kishimwi was diagnosed with genu valgus, causing his legs to bend inward to form knock knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water.

Kishimwi’s parents noticed a slight bent in his leg when he was three years old, but became alarmed when the problem worsened over the past year to the point where walking became difficult. Kishimwi experiences pain when participating in daily activities, so his parents decided to seek treatment for him at a local hospital in their village. The family was advised to give Kishimwi foods containing high calcium and calcium supplements to strengthen his bones and prevent his legs from bending further. However, the effects were negligible and Kishimwi’s legs became more bent. Fortunately, an older patient’s parent told the family about Watsi’s medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), and the family traveled to the hospital hoping for treatment.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Kishimwi. The procedure will take place on June 29th. Treatment will hopefully restore Kishimwi’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Kishimwi’s father hopes his son’s pain will be alleviated after this care, “We have used medication and foods containing high calcium but none has helped. Please help treat my son because as you can see his legs are badly affected.”

Kishimwi is a playful and friendly young boy who is currently having a hard time walking. Kishimwi has a younger sibling, and his parents ar...

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Kishimwi's Timeline

  • June 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kishimwi 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.

  • July 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kishimwi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kishimwi's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kishimwi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Kishimwi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.