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Success! Sajina from Tanzania raised $880 to fund surgery so she can walk easily and begin school.

Sajina
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$880
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Fully funded
Sajina's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2022.

Photo of Sajina post-operation

December 13, 2022

Sajina underwent surgery so she can walk easily and begin school.

Sajina has had successful surgery which has helped correct both of her legs which were severely impacted making walking difficult and painful. She is currently on bed rest with a non-weight bearing full cast on both legs. Given how severely her legs were shaped, she will undergo one final surgery to fully correct her legs and save her from the difficulty and pain she was going through.

Sajina’s mother says, “You have been of great help and support to my daughter, God bless you.’’

Sajina has had successful surgery which has helped correct both of her legs which were severely impacted making walking difficult and painfu...

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June 7, 2022

Sajina is a sweet, smiley 5-year-old. She is the third born in her family of four children. Sajina looks forward to attending school and shared, “I have told Father to take me to school like my siblings, but he says I am still small.” Both Sajina’s parents are small-scale farmers who depend on their crop yield for food and work other’s farms, as well, for additional income.

Sajina was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, as her legs bow inward so that her knees 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, she frequently complains of pain and tires quickly when walking short distances. For this reason, Sajina’s condition also makes it hard for her to attend school at this time.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Sajina receive treatment. On June 7th, she will undergo corrective surgery to help restore Sajina’s mobility, allowing her to participate in various activities and significantly decreasing her risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to fund this procedure.

Sajina’s father says, “My daughter’s legs were really bad, now they look better, but she still needs another surgery.”

Sajina is a sweet, smiley 5-year-old. She is the third born in her family of four children. Sajina looks forward to attending school and sha...

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Sajina's Timeline

  • June 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sajina 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.

  • June 13, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sajina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sajina's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sajina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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