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Anitha from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Anitha
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Anitha's treatment was fully funded on March 30, 2020.
March 31, 2020

Anitha did not yet undergo clubfoot treatment.

Our medical partner just shared that Anitha has not yet started her clubfoot treatment because her mother couldn’t make it on her original treatment date. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, new cases of clubfoot treatment at this site have unfortunately been temporarily put on hold. They shared that they will resume this care as soon as everything calms down, and at that point Anitha will be able to start her treatment to help correct her feet.

Our medical partner just shared that Anitha has not yet started her clubfoot treatment because her mother couldn’t make it on her original t...

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March 5, 2020

Anitha is a 5-year-old student from Tanzania. She is the only child to her mother who is a single parent. Anitha’s father left her when she was baby. That was after he saw she was born with a congenital disability of her feet (bilateral clubfoot). Anitha has never seen her father, neither does her mother know where he is. Anitha’s mother helps her aunt in a small vegetable garden. They grow tomatoes and sell them in an open market. The little that they earn is what they use for their basic needs.

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

Fortunately, Anitha traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Anitha’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk well and wear shoes.

Her mother says, “All I wish for my daughter is to see her walk normally so that she can pursue her studies and have a better life.’’

Anitha is a 5-year-old student from Tanzania. She is the only child to her mother who is a single parent. Anitha's father left her when she ...

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Anitha's Timeline

  • March 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 06, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Anitha was scheduled to receive 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.

  • March 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Anitha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2020
    FUNDING ENDED

    Anitha is no longer raising funds.

  • March 31, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Anitha's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Anitha'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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