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Success! Dickson from Tanzania raised $880 to fund surgery on his legs to help him walk more easily again.

Dickson
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Dickson's treatment was fully funded on March 10, 2022.

Photo of Dickson post-operation

March 18, 2022

Dickson underwent surgery on his legs to help him walk more easily again.

Dickson’s surgery to help correct both of his legs went well! He is currently on bed rest and has a full cast on both legs. Soon he will start his ambulation and have his cast removed on March 21st. Through this treatment, Dickson will be able to enjoy walking without a gait and be able to enjoy all of his playing with friends!

Dickson’s mother said, “Thank you for your kindness. My son would have not had this treatment if it was not for your help and support.”

Dickson's surgery to help correct both of his legs went well! He is currently on bed rest and has a full cast on both legs. Soon he will sta...

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February 3, 2022

Dickson is a sweet five-year-old and the second born in a family of three children. Dickson’s father works finding jobs on construction sites for a living while the mother sells vegetables and fruits to be able to support their family. One of their relatives told Dickson’s parents to try seeking treatment for him with our medical partner’s care center in Arusha.

Dickson was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, where his knees bow so that they always touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has difficulty and pain walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dickson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Dickson’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Dickson’s mother shared: “We have tried to seek treatment for our son but eventually we could no longer continue due to financial challenges.”

Dickson is a sweet five-year-old and the second born in a family of three children. Dickson’s father works finding jobs on construction site...

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Dickson's Timeline

  • February 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dickson 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.

  • February 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dickson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dickson's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dickson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Dickson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.