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Success! Dorcas from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot repair.

Dorcas
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Dorcas's treatment was fully funded on August 15, 2019.

Photo of Dorcas post-operation

September 15, 2019

Dorcas underwent clubfoot repair.

Dorcas’ treatment went well and had her bilateral clubfoot corrected. Dorcas would have had a hard time learning to walk and go through difficulty and pain when walking due to how her feet were positioned. This treatment will help her to be able to walk normally when she learns how to walk wear shoes and lead a normal life.

Dorcas’ mother says “Thank you very much for helping treat my daughter and giving her a chance to live a normal life. God bless you all.”

Dorcas’ treatment went well and had her bilateral clubfoot corrected. Dorcas would have had a hard time learning to walk and go through diff...

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July 4, 2019

Dorcas is a child from Tanzania. She 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, Dorcas traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 5. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Dorcas’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily.

Dorcas’s mother says, “I am hoping my daughter can be able to get her legs treated and be able to walk like other normal children and be able to help me when she is all grown up.”

Dorcas is a child from Tanzania. She has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This caus...

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Dorcas's Timeline

  • July 4, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 05, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dorcas 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.

  • July 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dorcas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 15, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dorcas's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 15, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dorcas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

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