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Success! Brightness from Tanzania raised $940 to fund corrective leg surgery.

Brightness
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$940
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Fully funded
Brightness's treatment was fully funded on March 29, 2017.

Photo of Brightness post-operation

March 10, 2017

Brightness underwent corrective leg surgery.

Brightness underwent a sofield osteotomy to fix the dramatic curvature of her leg. Her leg is now completely straight, and she will be able to walk without any pain. Brightness will be able to return to school and receive an education with her siblings.

Brightness says, “I can see that my leg is much straighter, and I am so excited to return to school. I will be able to walk there by myself and spend time playing with my friends.”

Brightness underwent a sofield osteotomy to fix the dramatic curvature of her leg. Her leg is now completely straight, and she will be able ...

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January 11, 2017

Brightness is a joyful nine-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is one of five children in her family. Brightness enjoys learning in school. Recently, however, she has been unable to attend. Her condition, genu varus, makes it difficult for her to walk to school.

Genu varus is a medical condition that causes an inward angulation of the bones in the leg. Brightness has undergone one corrective surgery already. Her doctors have suggested a second corrective surgery.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $940 to fund her x-rays, corrective surgery, medication, casting, physiotherapy, and hospital stay. Her surgery is scheduled for January 12.

Brightness’s mother says, “Currently, my child cannot go to school, so I hope that after surgery she will be able to return to school.”

Brightness is a joyful nine-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is one of five children in her family. Brightness enjoys learning in school. Re...

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Brightness's Timeline

  • January 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Brightness was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • January 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Brightness received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC).

  • January 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Brightness's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Brightness's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 29, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Brightness's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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