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Hadija from Tanzania raised $838 to fund knee surgery.

  • $838 raised, $0 to go
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Hadija's treatment was fully funded on March 30, 2020.
March 30, 2020

Hadija did not yet undergo knee surgery.

Our medical partner shared with us that Hadija has not yet had her surgery. Her parents had to travel to a funeral on the scheduled date of her surgery, thus they couldn’t make it. Hadija’s surgery was then rescheduled to March 20th, but due to the COVID-19 epidemic, this surgery has temporarily been put on hold. We are closing her case and will repost once we have a better timeline for her treatment. Thank you for your understanding.

Our medical partner shared with us that Hadija has not yet had her surgery. Her parents had to travel to a funeral on the scheduled date of ...

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March 5, 2020

Hadija is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania and is the second born child in a family of three children. She is a friendly girl and currently in kindergarten. Her family is concerned she might not be able to walk to school any more due to her legs being curved making walking hard and painful for her.

Hadija was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. Her legs are bowed so that her knees do not 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, she cannot walk properly.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Hadija. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 6th. Treatment will hopefully restore Hadija’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Hadija’s father says, “Please help my daughter, she might not be able to walk at all if her legs are not treated.’’

Hadija is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania and is the second born child in a family of three children. She is a friendly girl and currentl...

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Hadija's Timeline

  • March 5, 2020

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

  • March 05, 2020

    Hadija's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 06, 2020

    Hadija was scheduled to receive 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.

  • March 30, 2020

    Hadija is no longer raising funds.

  • March 30, 2020

    Hadija's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Hadija's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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7% funded

$232to go

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