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Success! Maria from Tanzania raised $935 to undergo clubfoot repair surgery.

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Maria's treatment was fully funded on September 15, 2021.

Photo of Maria post-operation

November 3, 2021

Maria underwent clubfoot treatment.

Maria’s manipulation and casting are going on well helping to correct her left foot. She will need to have this for both feet, but she has started with her left foot treatment to help her have ease of movement as she heals. Once her left foot is fully corrected, she will start treatment of the right foot and once that is complete, she will be able to run and play with all her friends.

Maria’s mother says, “my daughter having started correction of her feet brings us hope that our daughter will be able to be normal and carry out her tasks with ease.”

Maria’s manipulation and casting are going on well helping to correct her left foot. She will need to have this for both feet, but she has s...

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August 8, 2021

Maria is a sweet and loving 7-year-old girl. She lives with her parents and four siblings at their home in Tanzania. Maria’s parents are laborers and small scale farmers and who enjoy growing mainly maize, vegetables, and sunflowers.

Maria has clubfoot in both of her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Maria and her parents learned about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare and traveled to their care center seeking treatment. On August 10th surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. AMH is requesting $935 to fund the surgery. After treatment, she will be able to walk without discomfort and with ease.

Maria’s mother shares, “Our daughter is strong and a fighter. She is always ready to help with chores. We see the challenge she is goes through due to her legs but due to lack of money we have not been able to seek treatment again for her.”

Maria is a sweet and loving 7-year-old girl. She lives with her parents and four siblings at their home in Tanzania. Maria's parents are lab...

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Maria's Timeline

  • August 8, 2021

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

  • August 10, 2021

    Maria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 15, 2021

    Maria's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 8, 2021

    Maria 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 3, 2021

    Maria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Maria'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?

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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Shedrack is a 17-year-old teenager and the fourth born child in a family of seven. He had to drop out of school last year, but hopes to learn masonry at a local technical school so that he can work and make a living for himself. He is currently helping in looking after his family's cattle. His parents are small scale farmers, and his father also works as a night guard. His father shared that he can't yet afford to send Shedrack to the technical school. Shedrack was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His legs bow inward at the knees. 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 had difficulty walking for four years now. His father says the problem started with a slight curve but over the years the curve has increased in size. Shedrack's aunt learned about Plaster House - a special site that provides a home to patients undergoing treatment at our medical partner's care center in Arusha, Tanzania. She informed Shedrack's father who brought him there seeking treatment. Unable to raise the funds needed for surgery, their family is asking for support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Shedrack. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. Treatment will hopefully restore Shedrack's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Shedrack says, “My legs hurt at the knees and carrying out daily life activities is now a big challenge.”

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