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Success! Michael from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so he can walk and play.

Michael
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Fully funded
Michael's treatment was fully funded on May 11, 2021.

Photo of Michael post-operation

June 10, 2021

Michael underwent corrective surgery so he can walk and play.

Michael’s surgery went well and he had both of his legs corrected successfully. Through this surgery, Michael’s legs are now straight and he is currently in a full cast of both legs. Given how severe his legs had been affected, once his cast is removed the doctors will determine if he will need another surgery.

Michael’s mother says, “I’m happy that my son has had his legs corrected successfully and I am grateful for all your help and support in making this possible. Thank you.”

Michael's surgery went well and he had both of his legs corrected successfully. Through this surgery, Michael’s legs are now straight and he...

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May 6, 2021

Michael is a friendly boy from Tanzania and the youngest child in a family of six children. Michael’s parents are from Northwest Tanzania and work as small-scale farmers growing cassava.

Michael has been diagnosed with genu varus, a condition in which his legs bow outwards. The condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Michael experiences pain when he walks and plays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Michael. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 7th. Treatment will hopefully restore Michael’s mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications.

Michael’s mother shared, “my son’s legs are not getting any better, they keep worsening as days go and walking has become harder for him. Please help us.”

Michael is a friendly boy from Tanzania and the youngest child in a family of six children. Michael's parents are from Northwest Tanzania an...

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Michael's Timeline

  • May 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Michael 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.

  • May 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Michael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Michael's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 10, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Michael's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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