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Success! Noemi from Venezuela raised $1,500 to fund clubfoot repair surgery.

Noemi
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$1,500
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Fully funded
Noemi's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2021.
August 9, 2021

Noemi is a cheerful three-year-old girl from Venezuela. Her family moved to Colombia two years ago, and she will start school soon. Noemi loves playing with dolls and painting.

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

Fortunately, Noemi’s family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 28th. Now, Clínica Noel, is requesting $1,500 to fund Noemi’s bilateral clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk more easily and wear shoes.

Her mother shared, “it breaks my heart when she tells me she wants to walk and I see that she is not able to… she is starting school soon and I would love to see her walk and play with her new friends.”

Noemi is a cheerful three-year-old girl from Venezuela. Her family moved to Colombia two years ago, and she will start school soon. Noemi lo...

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Noemi's Timeline

  • August 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Noemi was submitted by Sofía Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at Clínica Noel.

  • August 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Noemi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Noemi's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 28, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Noemi was scheduled to receive treatment at Clínica Noel in Colombia. 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.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Noemi's treatment update from Clínica Noel.

Treatment
Clubfoot Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,893 for Noemi's treatment
Subsidies fund $393 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,017
Medical Staff
$756
Medication
$120
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot, have one or both feet turned inward, which might lead to complex extremity malformations, walking limitations, tight heel cord, and pain during walking.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot, might experience pain while walking or not be able to walk, might not be able to wear shoes, and are often at risk of bullying at school. If the condition is not treated, the patient might be in constant pain and risk development of arthritis.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many patients in Colombia live in rural areas, their families don’t have health insurance coverage nor money to pay for the treatment, they don’t have access to specialized centers, and have to travel long distances, which leads families to abandon the treatments.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

When patients visit a doctor, they are referred to a pediatric orthopedist, who starts the treatment with a series of casts which are changed weekly. The team them performs a surgery when early diagnosed. In case the patient is not treated opportunely, or treatment is abandoned, reconstructive surgery might be needed.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

When a patient gets treatment, an anatomic and functional correction of the extremity is performed. A patient will be able to wear shoes and to walk without pain. There’s also an esthetic improvement which leads to higher self-esteem and reduces the risk of psychological impact.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There’s a chance this treatment leaves residual malformations, scars, or relapses of the treatment. As in any surgery, there is a risk of bleeding and infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Reconstructive surgery with highly complex osteotomies and tendon transfers.

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69% funded

69%funded
$401raised
$174to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Loisi

Loisi is a mother of three children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old. She separated from her husband around the time when her youngest child was seven months old. Loisi lives with her children and her mother, and she owns a small business selling vegetables to support her family. One of the locations where she sells is at our medical partner's care center and she learned that treatment may be possible to help her finally heal. In 2019, Loisi had a Cesarean section during the birth of her youngest child. It took up to four months for her wound to heal and, six months later, her abdomen never decreased and continued to grow. Loisi's business has suffered as a result. She has difficulty carrying large baskets of vegetables and walking long distances, and she has had to spend parts of her income on new clothing. She also shared that mockery from the community regarding her appearance has affected her self-esteem. Loisi visited the hospital where she received a C-Section but was not able to receive help. However, when selling vegetables at the care center, a nurse referred her to a surgeon. Loisi was diagnosed with a hernia, a condition where part of the abdominal wall is damaged or weakened, causing parts of the small intestine or abdomen to bulge outward. If not treated, hernias may cause pain and discomfort and, in rare cases, cause life-threatening strangulation of blood flow to part of the intestines. On October 5th, surgeons will perform a hernia repair surgery. AMH is requesting $575 to help fund this procedure. Loisi is hopeful that this surgery will improve her ability to sell vegetables and provide for her family's well-being, as well as restore her position in her community. She shared, "This condition has caused me a lot of mockeries, and it even cost me my marriage. I believe, after the surgery, I will regain the size of my normal tummy. I will live an improved life."

69% funded

69%funded
$401raised
$174to go