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Success! Namayani from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery to repair her legs and restore mobility.

Namayani
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$880
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Fully funded
Namayani's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Namayani post-operation

January 5, 2022

Namayani underwent corrective surgery to repair her legs and restore mobility.

Namayani’s surgery went well, and she is recovering as planned. This treatment will allow Namayani to be able to walk without pain or difficulty, and she will be able to continue to pursue her education.

Namayani says, “I really look forward to starting walking without trouble. I am so thankful for the help I have received in getting me this treatment.”

Namayani’s surgery went well, and she is recovering as planned. This treatment will allow Namayani to be able to walk without pain or diffic...

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November 8, 2021

Namayani is a fourteen-year-old student and the last-born girl in a family of five children. Namayani is social and friendly and has just completed her primary school education. She hopes she will get good grades to enable her to join a prestigious high school. She wishes to become a teacher when she completes her studies. Her parents are livestock keepers and cannot afford the required surgery cost.

Namayani was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. Her legs bend such that her knees are knocking. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Namayani says she struggled a lot walking to and from school because she felt pain when walking. The problem started three years ago, but has worsened over the years.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Namayani. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Namayani’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Namayani says: “I will be happy if I have my legs corrected so that when I join secondary school next year I don’t struggle walking anymore.”

Namayani is a fourteen-year-old student and the last-born girl in a family of five children. Namayani is social and friendly and has just co...

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Namayani's Timeline

  • November 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Namayani 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.

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Namayani's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Namayani's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Namayani's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Namayani'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.