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Success! Yasir from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery for his legs so he can walk and play.

Yasir
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Yasir's treatment was fully funded on October 17, 2021.

Photo of Yasir post-operation

February 10, 2022

Yasir underwent corrective surgery for his legs so he can walk and play.

Yasir has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs which were making walking painful and difficult for him. Through this surgery, Yasir’s legs are now straight which will help him walk with ease like other children. His family is feeling grateful and relieved!

Yasir’s mother says, “Thank you very much for correcting my son’s legs. Without your financial help, this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Yasir has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs which were making walking painful and difficult for him. Through...

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October 7, 2021

Yasir is a two-year-old baby boy and the only child in his family. His mother is a homemaker and his father works as a taxi driver to earn money for their family. They have been having a hard time financially and haven’t been able to take Yasir to any hospital for treatment before now. As a result, they usually use pain-relieving medication from the pharmacy to help him feel better.

Yasir has now been diagnosed with a bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward so that they do not 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, he has a hard time walking and playing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Yasir. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 7th and will help restore Yasir’s mobility. In addition, it will allow him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Yasir’s mother says, “We are struggling financially that’s why we have not been able to seek treatment for our son. Please help us so that he can have his legs corrected because he is having difficulty walking.”

Yasir is a two-year-old baby boy and the only child in his family. His mother is a homemaker and his father works as a taxi driver to earn m...

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Yasir's Timeline

  • October 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yasir 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.

  • October 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yasir's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yasir's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yasir'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 Yasir'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.