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

Veronica
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Veronica's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2019.

Photo of Veronica post-operation

December 3, 2019

Veronica underwent clubfoot repair.

Veronica’s clubfeet treatment is going on well, this treatment is to help correct her feet that have to be positioned wrongly making walking painful and challenging for her especial on her walks to school. Through this treatment, she will be able to walk in a normal way. She will need to have surgery that is going to help lengthen her Achilles tendon from the visiting clubfeet specialists in February.

Veronica’s father says, “Am very grateful for your help I can’t wait to see my son walk like other normal children.’’

Veronica’s clubfeet treatment is going on well, this treatment is to help correct her feet that have to be positioned wrongly making walking...

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November 24, 2019

Veronica is a 12-year-old from Tanzania who has a bilateral club foot. She enjoys studying mathematics and has 5 siblings, with one brother suffering from the same condition.

Our outreach program met Veronica and referred her to our hospital where manipulation and casting were recommended. She struggles with walking and suffers from blisters due to long walks to school. With successful surgery, Veronica will be able to walk to school with ease and less pain.

Veronica’s parents are peasant farmers, relying on little harvest to meet their daily needs. They have not been able to send Veronica and her brother to the hospital due to lack of funds. They are saddened by their children’s condition but are hopeful that she will be able to walk with ease soon. They appeal for help.

Fortunately, Veronica traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Veronica’s treatment.

Veronica’s father says, “I have always felt hurt and that I failed my children every time I see them walking with difficulty due to their leg condition that I couldn’t afford the treatment. Please help.”

Veronica is a 12-year-old from Tanzania who has a bilateral club foot. She enjoys studying mathematics and has 5 siblings, with one brother ...

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Veronica's Timeline

  • November 24, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Veronica was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • November 25, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Veronica 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.

  • November 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Veronica's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Veronica's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Veronica's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

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