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Success! Daudi from Tanzania raised $1,160 for treatment to correct his gait.

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Daudi's treatment was fully funded on April 7, 2016.

Photo of Daudi post-operation

May 6, 2016

Daudi began treatment to correct his gait.

“Daudi is doing well,” his medical team shares. “He has started the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot. Manipulation and casting is done once every week and he still has a few more weeks of that before a small surgery is done followed by the use of foot abduction braces. Complete treatment will prevent Daudi from using the lateral aspect of his feet for walking and that will reduce the risk of him developing osteoarthritis at a young age.”

“I am very grateful for the big financial support. I can already see some changes on my son’s feet and I trust that with time he will have the ability to walk properly. Thank you!” says Daudi’s mother.

"Daudi is doing well," his medical team shares. "He has started the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot. Manipulation and castin...

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March 17, 2016

“Daudi has congenital deformity of both feet (clubfeet),” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. Daudi is a 2-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. “Apart from the deformity of his feet, Daudi is healthy, happy, and feeds well.”

Clubfoot occurs when the tendons connecting the leg muscle to the foot bones are short and tight, causing the foot to twist inward. If left untreated, it will force Daudi to walk with the lateral aspect of his feet, which will affect his gait and cause him pain.

Daudi will undergo a four-month process to gently stretch and manipulate the foot into the correct position, which will be held by casts in between sessions. The initial treatment of clubfoot is non-surgical.

$1,160 will cover the full cost of Daudi’s treatment. While his parents are concerned for his condition, they are unable to fully support the cost of the treatment as they work as farmers and vendors in their village.

After treatment, “Daudi will not use the lateral aspect of his feet for walking,” AMHF tells us.

“I will be happy to see my son with straight feet, which will allow him to comfortably play with other children when he grows up,” Daudi’s mother shares.

"Daudi has congenital deformity of both feet (clubfeet)," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. Daudi...

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Daudi's Timeline

  • March 17, 2016

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

  • March 18, 2016

    Daudi 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.

  • April 1, 2016

    Daudi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 7, 2016

    Daudi's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 6, 2016

    Daudi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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