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

Swabra
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Swabra's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Swabra post-operation

October 29, 2020

Swabra is undergoing clubfoot treatment.

Our medical partner shared that Swabra’s manipulation and casting, which is helping correct both of her feet, is going well. She is going through the casting process to reposition her feet. Through this treatment, Swabra will be able to get get back on her feet once more and walk without the fear of pain or discomfort. She will be able to lead a normal life without limitation due to disability or be discriminated because of being disabled.

Swabra’s mother says, “I am really grateful for the help and support that you have given to my daughter because there was no means of us to afford her treatment cost. We had already asked for help from friends and relatives and we felt like a burden to them but you gave us another chance. God bless you very much. ”

Our medical partner shared that Swabra's manipulation and casting, which is helping correct both of her feet, is going well. She is going th...

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August 20, 2020

Swabra is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest child in a family of four children. Swabra has grown into a happy, playful, and very friendly girl. Swabra’s mother is a stay home mother and her father is a driver in public transport.

Swabra has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Swabra traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 21st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Swabra’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily.

Swabra’s mother shared, “It has been a joy to see our daughter begin to walk and play, like her sibling. But she is having a hard time walking and we are worried. Please help us.”

Swabra is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest child in a family of four children. Swabra has grown into a happy, playful, and very fri...

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Swabra's Timeline

  • August 20, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Swabra was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 21, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Swabra 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.

  • August 21, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Swabra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 29, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Swabra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Swabra's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Swabra's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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