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Success! Emanuel from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot surgery so he can walk without difficulty.

Emanuel
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Emanuel's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Emanuel post-operation

December 8, 2022

Emanuel underwent clubfoot treatment so he can walk without difficulty.

Emmanuel has started his manipulation and casting which is helping correct his foot. He is currently on his first cast change which will continue until his foot is back in a straight position. He will have a final surgery at the end of the casting. Through this treatment Emanuel is excited to be able to walk, wear shoes and carry out his daily life activities with ease which will help him work and earn a living as he grows up.

Emanuel’s grandmother says, “I had faith that my grandson’s condition could be corrected at Plaster House. I am happy and thankful you have given him that opportunity.”

Emmanuel has started his manipulation and casting which is helping correct his foot. He is currently on his first cast change which will con...

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June 17, 2022

Emanuel is a strong 15-year-old and the third born in his family of eight. Emanuel completed his primary education two years ago, however was not able to proceed to secondary school due to the high cost for his family. Emanuel’s parents work as small-scale sustenance farmers who grow maize and vegetables. His father also fishes from nearby Lake Victoria to earn an income.

Emanuel has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a congenital muskuloskeletal condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. As a result, Emanuel experiences difficulty walking, running, and wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Emanuel traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 17th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Emanuel’s surgery. After treatment, Emanuel will be able to walk with ease and lead a normal life.

Emanuel’s grandmother says, “When I saw my grandson’s foot I knew it could be treated as I have seen others treated. I need your support for him treated too.”

Emanuel is a strong 15-year-old and the third born in his family of eight. Emanuel completed his primary education two years ago, however wa...

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Emanuel's Timeline

  • June 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Emanuel was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Emanuel 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.

  • June 22, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Emanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Emanuel's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Emanuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Emanuel'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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John

John is a hawker (the local name for a street vendor) from Kenya. He has six children all under the age of 18 years. His wife helps at home and John is the family's sole breadwinner. Lately, due to his condition, John has been unable to work. He has no alternate source of income, and shared that he is struggling to raise his family. John first started experiencing a loss of appetite and stomach pain in April 2022. He visited a local health center and was treated for stomach aches, but his condition did not improve. He later started having episodes of diarrhea and has lost a significant amount of weight. He also has been experiencing bleeding that has caused him anemia. As a result, he has had several blood transfusions and hospital admissions. Recently, a biopsy at Kijabe Hospital revealed that John has colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon grow out of control. At the current stage, his doctors feel the cancer can be stopped surgically from spreading. However, the procedure has to be done as soon as possible because it is urgent. He is now scheduled to undergo surgery and needs support. Unfortunately, John does not have medical coverage and cannot afford the surgery. He is requesting financial assistance to support the $1,074 needed for his medical care. John says, “I cannot eat, and I have lost a lot of weight. I have had several blood transfusions because of bleeding. I need this surgery to help fight the cancer.”

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$152raised
$922to go

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