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Success! Jasmin from Tanzania raised $838 to fund orthopedic surgery.

Jasmin
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Jasmin's treatment was fully funded on February 20, 2018.

Photo of Jasmin post-operation

February 26, 2018

Jasmin underwent orthopedic surgery.

Jasmin’s surgery went well. She still has long casts on both her legs, which help to hold her legs in position. She will soon be able to walk and play without being in pain or discomfort.

Jasmin’s mother says, “I am so grateful that my daughter’s legs look better. I can’t wait to see her walking again. God bless you all.”

Jasmin’s surgery went well. She still has long casts on both her legs, which help to hold her legs in position. She will soon be able to wal...

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February 15, 2018

Jasmin is a young girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of two children. Jasmin’s mother is a stay-at-home mother, and her father owns small stationery shop.

Jasmin has been diagnosed with windswept deformity. This means her left leg bows outward and her right leg bows inward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, it is difficult and uncomfortable for her to walk.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Jasmin. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 16. Treatment will hopefully restore Jasmin’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Jasmin’s mother says, “Thank you so much for helping my daughter get the surgery she needs. She has been in pain and discomfort and often complains of not being able to walk properly. I believe this surgery will be of help for her. Thank you so much for helping us make this possible.”

Jasmin is a young girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of two children. Jasmin’s mother is a stay-at-home mother, and her fa...

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Jasmin's Timeline

  • February 15, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 15, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jasmin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 16, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jasmin 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.

  • February 20, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jasmin's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 26, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jasmin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Jasmin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.