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Frehiza is a student from Tanzania who needs $890 to fund a clubfoot correction procedure.

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July 10, 2017

Frehiza is a 12-year-old boy who is very active, happy, and determined. Frehiza’s family has six children who live with their mother, who is a small-scale farmer.

Frehiza has clubfoot, which was present at his birth. Frehiza’s left foot is turned inwards at the ankle and upwards. Currently, Frehiza experiences pain and has difficulty walking. If Frehiza does not get treatment, he will continue to experience these negative symptoms.

Fortunately, he is scheduled to receive an $890 clubfoot treatment on July 11. After this treatment, he will be able to walk without pain, attend school properly, and help with home tasks.

Frehiza says, “I will be very happy to get treatment and be able to attend school properly as I have a dream of becoming a doctor one day.”

Frehiza is a 12-year-old boy who is very active, happy, and determined. Frehiza’s family has six children who live with their mother, who is...

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Frehiza's Timeline

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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