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Success! Suraiya from Tanzania raised $880 for knee surgery so she can walk more easily.

Suraiya
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Suraiya's treatment was fully funded on August 27, 2021.

Photo of Suraiya post-operation

September 21, 2021

Suraiya underwent knee surgery so she can walk more easily.

Suraiya’s surgery went well and both of her legs were corrected successfully. She currently has a long leg cast for both legs, and will be resting in bed for a few weeks. Next month the medical team with change her cast and Suraiya will soon be able to walk with ease without feeling pain.

Suraiya’s mother says, “This treatment of our daughter would not have been possible if it wasn’t for your help. We are grateful.”

Suraiya’s surgery went well and both of her legs were corrected successfully. She currently has a long leg cast for both legs, and will be r...

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August 17, 2021

Suraiya is a young three-year-old girl and the last born child in a family of two. Her parents depend on small scale farming of maize and vegetables to feed their family and they sell the surplus to make ends meet. Suraiya’s mother also sells food at a local food joint commonly known as Mama Ntilie to supplement their income.

Suraiya was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. She is currently having a hard time walking due to her legs bending outwardly. Her mother noticed the condition when Suraiya learned to stand and walk. They tried to seek treatment for her at the district hospital but the cost was too high for them to afford. They were advised to get national health insurance for her but due to financial challenges, they could not afford to get the insurance. During a medical outreach program organized by Plaster House, Suraiya’s parents were advised to take her to ALMC Hospital for review.

Her condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Over the years Suraiya’s legs have worsened making walking more difficult and painful for her. Suraiya and her family are appealing for help for her to be treated.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Suraiya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 19th. Treatment will hopefully restore Suraiya’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Suraiya’s mother says, “Money to cover our daughter’s treatment cost has been our biggest challenge because the cost is too high for us to afford. Please help treat our daughter.”

Suraiya is a young three-year-old girl and the last born child in a family of two. Her parents depend on small scale farming of maize and ve...

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Suraiya's Timeline

  • August 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Suraiya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Suraiya 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.

  • August 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Suraiya's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Suraiya'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 $880 for Suraiya'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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