Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Haysam from Tanzania raised $880 to fund surgery to restore his mobility.

Haysam
100%
  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Haysam's treatment was fully funded on July 4, 2022.

Photo of Haysam post-operation

July 18, 2022

Haysam underwent surgery to restore his mobility.

Haysam had a successful surgery that has helped his ability to walk! His family is relieved that Haysam will be able to lead an active, full, and happy childhood.

Haysam’s mother says “Thank you for your kindness, help, and support. God bless you all.”

Haysam had a successful surgery that has helped his ability to walk! His family is relieved that Haysam will be able to lead an active, full...

Read more
June 22, 2022

Haysam is a 2-year-old boy who told us that his favorite playmate is his older brother! Haysam’s father drives a school bus, and he shared that this provides for his family’s needs but is insufficient to also cover Haysam’s medical treatment costs.

Haysam was diagnosed with acquired left valgus, which means his leg curves outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Haysam walks with a limp. His parents have taken Haysam to different hospitals for treatment, but they were told he would grow out of the condition in time. However, over the last few months, his walking has become more challenging, and he becomes easily exhausted when walking.

Haysam’s family was able to visit our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for review and treatment. On June 24th, Haysam will undergo surgery to help restore his mobility, allow him to participate in various activities, and significantly decrease his risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to fund this procedure.

Haysam’s mother says, “When my son walks, people ask me what is wrong with his legs because you can see clearly, that he limps when walking. I need your help to get my son treated.”

Haysam is a 2-year-old boy who told us that his favorite playmate is his older brother! Haysam’s father drives a school bus, and he shared t...

Read more

Haysam's Timeline

  • June 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 23, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Haysam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Haysam 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 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Haysam's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Haysam's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Lilian

Lilian is a 25-year-old woman who works as a helper for another family. A mother of two young children, she is raising them alone, since she and her husband are separated. She says that despite struggling to sustain them, she loves them a lot. Six years ago, Lilian began to experience troubling symptoms, including a swollen neck, snoring, difficulty breathing especially at night and feeling the weight of a growth in her neck. She has also been experiencing low self-esteem due to the neck swelling. She was diagnosed with large Right Multinodular Goiter, and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Lillian could not go to the hospital for lack of money until one of her neighbours who had been supported through the Watsi program brought her to Nazareth Hospital for possible support. She was advised to have an ultrasound scan and thyroid function tests. For three months, she did not return to Nazareth, until last week when she had finally managed to raise money for the tests. Now our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lilian receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 24th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. Lilian is very optimistic and says, “Now I have the results and I am very hopeful that the sponsors will answer to my plea, so that I can regain my normal life, self-esteem and take care of my small children.”

25% funded

25%funded
$165raised
$492to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.