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Success! Erick from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot correction.

Erick
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Erick's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Erick post-operation

December 6, 2017

Erick underwent clubfoot correction.

The manipulation and casting treatment that Erick is receiving is proceeding well. This treatment will allow him to walk without difficulty and without pain. He will be able to attend school.

Erick’s mother says, “I am running out of words as I see Erick is receiving big help from those people with good hearts. I just want to say I am very thankful to God and to all those who contributed to Erick’s treatment.”

The manipulation and casting treatment that Erick is receiving is proceeding well. This treatment will allow him to walk without difficulty ...

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November 13, 2017

Erick is a 15-month-old happy and playful baby from Tanzania. He lives with his mother and grandparents.

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

Fortunately, Erick traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Erick’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk without difficulty and attend school when he grows up.

Erick’s mother says, “I will be very thankful and happy to see Erick get treatment. I promise to support him with all my efforts and to make sure that he goes to school when he grows up.”

Erick is a 15-month-old happy and playful baby from Tanzania. He lives with his mother and grandparents. Erick has clubfoot of both feet...

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Erick's Timeline

  • November 13, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Erick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Erick received 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.

  • December 06, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Erick's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Erick's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Erick's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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