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Success! Salha from Tanzania raised $880 for corrective surgery to enable her to walk again.

Salha
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Salha's treatment was fully funded on September 6, 2021.

Photo of Salha post-operation

October 8, 2021

Salha underwent corrective surgery to enable her to walk again.

Salha’s surgery went well and her left leg was corrected successfully. Salha’s leg was making walking challenging for her and she regularly had pain. Through this surgery, Salha will now walk like other children and will no longer experience pain or be at risk for further complications. Salha was discharged home in good health and is recovering well.

Salha’s mother says, “We are happy and thankful for your help and support in making it possible for our daughter to have this important surgery which has helped correct her leg. Asante Sana.”

Salha’s surgery went well and her left leg was corrected successfully. Salha’s leg was making walking challenging for her and she regularly ...

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September 1, 2021

Salha is four year old girl and the last born in a family of three children. Salha is a playful and friendly girl. Salha’s father does welding work for a living while her mother sells clothing. Her parents’ income is not enough to care for their family and afford Salha’s treatment cost. They are asking for help.

Salha was diagnosed with Left Valgus, where her left leg is bowed inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she feels pain and cannot walk long distances.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Salha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 2nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Salha’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Salha’s mother says “My daughter walks with a gait and she complains of pain, please help her.”

Salha is four year old girl and the last born in a family of three children. Salha is a playful and friendly girl. Salha’s father does weldi...

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Salha's Timeline

  • September 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Salha was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Salha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Salha 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 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Salha's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Salha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Salha'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.