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Success! Ritha from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot repair.

Ritha
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ritha's treatment was fully funded on August 8, 2018.

Photo of Ritha post-operation

July 5, 2018

Ritha underwent clubfoot repair.

Ritha is doing well. She currently has casts on, and she will continue with casting and manipulation for a few more weeks to correct her right foot and possibly have surgery later. This treatment will allow Ritha to walk and go to school when she grows up.

Ritha’s mother says, “I am so happy that my daughter is getting her leg treated. I am happy that she will grow up healthy and that she will not be subjected to stigma.”

Ritha is doing well. She currently has casts on, and she will continue with casting and manipulation for a few more weeks to correct her rig...

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June 12, 2018

Ritha is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of five children. Ritha’s parents work as casual laborers.

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

Fortunately, Ritha traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ritha’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, Ritha to be able to walk, play, run, and go to school when she grows up.

Ritha’s mother says, “I knew I had to find treatment for my daughter because I do not want her to grow up feeling ashamed or embarrassed of how she looks. I want to raise a confident and happy child, and I know this treatment will make Ritha be confident and happy as she grows up she will not be subjected to stigma or society’s judgment and stares.”

Ritha is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of five children. Ritha’s parents work as casual laborers. Ritha has club...

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Ritha's Timeline

  • June 12, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 17, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ritha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 18, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ritha received 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.

  • July 05, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ritha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ritha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

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