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Success! Hassan from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot surgery.

Hassan
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
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$0
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Fully funded
Hassan's treatment was fully funded on November 13, 2017.

Photo of Hassan post-operation

August 7, 2017

Hassan underwent clubfoot treatment.

Hassan’s treatment is going well. He is in his first week of manipulation and casting of his left leg. This treatment will help Hassan walk without difficulty. He will be able to attend school.

Hassan says, “I am very happy and very thankful that I am receiving treatment of my leg. I promise that when I recover, I will attend school properly and fulfill my dreams.”

Hassan’s treatment is going well. He is in his first week of manipulation and casting of his left leg. This treatment will help Hassan walk ...

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July 12, 2017

Hassan is a 13-year-old from Tanzania. He’s a gregarious and active teenager who enjoys going to school and spending time with his siblings.

In 2008, Hassan fell from a tree and broke his left femur. Although he received treatment for the injury and the bone healed, Hassan began developing clubfoot. If left untreated, Hassan will never be able to wear shoes or walk pain-free. Unfortunately, Hassan’s mother is a small-scale maize and rice farmer and can’t afford to pay for her son’s treatment.

On July 14, Hassan will begin treatment for his clubfoot. He will first undergo surgery, then receive a cast, followed by physical therapy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund the treatment.

“I will be very happy if Hassan will receive treatment support and be able to attend school properly and fulfill his life dreams,” says his mother.

Hassan is a 13-year-old from Tanzania. He's a gregarious and active teenager who enjoys going to school and spending time with his siblings....

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Hassan's Timeline

  • July 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 14, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hassan 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.

  • August 7, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hassan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hassan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 13, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hassan's treatment was fully funded.

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Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Hassan'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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