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Success! Elia from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery.

  • $935 raised, $0 to go
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Elia's treatment was fully funded on November 25, 2021.

Photo of Elia post-operation

November 30, 2021

Elia is undergoing clubfoot repair.

Elia’s surgery was successful and his foot is showing good progress. He is currently in a cast and will have more cast changes to heal his foot. Through this treatment, Elia’s foot will be straight, enabling him to walk like other children.

Elia’s mother says, “Thank you very much for helping treat my son’s foot. With no other support, I would not have been able to afford the cost.”

Elia’s surgery was successful and his foot is showing good progress. He is currently in a cast and will have more cast changes to heal his f...

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October 7, 2021

Elia is a three-year-old boy and the youngest child in a family of three children. Eli’s mother sells sugar, salt, tea leaves and kerosene to people in her village to provide for the family.

Elia has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Due to financial challenges, his parents have never been able to seek treatment for their son.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Elia receive treatment. He traveled to visit AMH’s care center after a passerby who saw him struggling to walk recommended the place to their family with hopes he could be treated. On October 8th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. After treatment, Elia will be able to walk easily. Now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Elia’s procedure and care.

Elia’s mother shared, “I am struggling alone to find food for my children. Getting the money need to cover the treatment cost is not something I can afford.”

Elia is a three-year-old boy and the youngest child in a family of three children. Eli's mother sells sugar, salt, tea leaves and kerosene t...

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Elia's Timeline

  • October 7, 2021

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

  • October 8, 2021

    Elia 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 13, 2021

    Elia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 25, 2021

    Elia's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 30, 2021

    Elia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Elia's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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