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Success! Zakayo from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot surgery.

  • $935 raised, $0 to go
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Zakayo's treatment was fully funded on December 9, 2020.

Photo of Zakayo post-operation

October 29, 2020

Zakayo is undergoing clubfoot treatment.

Our medical partner just shared that Zakayo’s manipulation and casting to treat clubfoot is going well. His casting had been postponed in order to treat scabies, but he was put on medication and was able to have his first casting in early Fall. He is already on his fourth casting change and his foot is giving a good score in every cast change. Through this treatment, Zakayo’s foot will be normal and he will be able to stand and walk without challenges. He will be able to lead a full life.

Zakayo’s’ mother says, “I am grateful for your help and support in helping correct my son’s foot so that he can be able to walk like other normal children. Thank you and God bless you all”

Our medical partner just shared that Zakayo’s manipulation and casting to treat clubfoot is going well. His casting had been postponed in or...

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August 17, 2020

Zakayo is a one-year-old baby from Tanzania. He is the last born child in a family of three children. He is playful, smiley, and a very friendly boy. His parents are small-scale farmers of maize, bean, and vegetable. They depend entirely on what they harvest for their survival and supporting their children.

Zakayo has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Zakayo traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, and receive care. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 18th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Zakayo’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes.

Zakayo’s mother says, “Please help correct my son’s foot so that he is able to walk like his siblings and lead a normal life. The cost is too high for us to afford it.”

Zakayo is a one-year-old baby from Tanzania. He is the last born child in a family of three children. He is playful, smiley, and a very frie...

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Zakayo's Timeline

  • August 17, 2020

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

  • August 20, 2020

    Zakayo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2020

    Zakayo 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.

  • October 29, 2020

    Zakayo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 9, 2020

    Zakayo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Zakayo's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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