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Success! Elinipa from Tanzania raised $880 to fund surgery so she can grow up walking and playing like other children.

Elinipa
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Elinipa's treatment was fully funded on October 27, 2022.

Photo of Elinipa post-operation

November 14, 2022

Elinipa underwent surgery so she can walk again.

Elinipa had successful surgery on both legs to correct the deformities that prevented her from walking. She is currently in a full cast of both legs and on bed rest as she heals. Through this surgery, Elinipa’s legs have been fully corrected and she will soon be able to walk and play with other children.

Elinipa’s father says, “Without your help, my daughter would still be struggling to walk, thank you very much.”

Elinipa had successful surgery on both legs to correct the deformities that prevented her from walking. She is currently in a full cast of b...

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May 12, 2022

Elinipa is a beautiful two-year-old girl. She is an incredibly friendly child who loves to play with her five older siblings. At birth, she was a healthy child. It wasn’t until she was learning to walk however, that her mother noticed that her legs were slightly curved, yet even so they did not seek treatment assuming it was a minor problem that she would outgrow.

Elinipa has now been diagnosed with bilateral valgus, which is a condition caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result of her condition, Elinipa’s legs bow inward to the point that her knees touch. This makes walking persistently more difficult as she continues to grow. Through our medical partner’s outreach program her parents learned that their daughter needs surgery to correct her legs. Elinipa’s parents are small scale famers who depend entirely on what they harvest to make a living. As a result, their income is not enough to afford to take Elinipa to the hospital to treat her condition.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Elinipa. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 13th at our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. With this treatment Elinipa’s mobility will hopefully be restored, thus allowing her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications.

Elinipa’s father says, “I am worried with how her legs continue to bend inward. Please help us.”

Elinipa is a beautiful two-year-old girl. She is an incredibly friendly child who loves to play with her five older siblings. At birth, she ...

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Elinipa's Timeline

  • May 12, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Elinipa was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 13, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Elinipa 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.

  • May 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Elinipa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Elinipa's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Elinipa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Elinipa's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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