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Raphael from Tanzania raised $960 for a knee replacement.

Raphael
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  • $960 raised, $0 to go
$960
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$0
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Fully funded
Raphael's treatment was fully funded on September 23, 2015.

Photo of Raphael post-operation

October 4, 2015

Raphael received a successful knee replacement.

“Raphael is doing very well,” shares his doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “His total knee replacement was done successfully. Raphael is in physiotherapy and he already has the ability to walk with a cane. Raphael will continue with everyday exercises and he is expected to be able to walk without support and without feeling pain on his knee as time goes on.”

“I cannot express my gratitude for all the support that I have received. I can see myself walking again in a few months,” Raphael says. “Once I recover, I will continue to work on my garden and look after my cows and see that my three children finish up their education.”

"Raphael is doing very well," shares his doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. "His total knee replacement was done successfully....

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August 24, 2015

Raphael is a 63-year-old Tanzanian man with osteoarthritis in his right knee. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), “Raphael is the father of seven children. Raphael’s wife died of a sudden illness in 2008, so he is the one left to look after the children. When he was fifteen years old, he accidentally cut himself very close to his right knee. Ever since that accident, Raphael has felt some pain in his knee. Forty-eight years later, the pain has become unbearable. Raphael used to keep a few livestock and did a little bit of farming, but now he can’t do as much as he would like to. He relies on his children to do more and look after him.”

Osteoarthritis is an extremely common form of arthritis in which the cartilage that protects the ends of the bones is worn away over time. This causes severe pain and makes movement very difficult, as is the case with Raphael. AMHF reports, “Raphael walks very slowly. If untreated, Raphael’s pain will continue and eventually he will become completely dependent and unable to walk.”

However, for $960, Raphael will regain his independence and be able to return to his farm work without discomfort. Raphael will undergo a total knee replacement, in which doctors will remove the knee joint and replace it with an artificial one. That way, the cartilage-less bone will no longer cause painful friction as Raphael goes about his daily activities.

Raphael, who is “very thankful to have been blessed with children who love and care for him,” will also be able to better look after his kids once he is treated. “I long to be able to do things on my own again – feed my two cows, plant vegetables, and do good business,” Raphael expresses.

Raphael is a 63-year-old Tanzanian man with osteoarthritis in his right knee. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare F...

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Raphael's Timeline

  • August 24, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Raphael was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 25, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Raphael received treatment. 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.

  • September 11, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Raphael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 23, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Raphael's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 4, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Raphael. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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