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Success! Paul from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment so that he can chase after his dreams.

Paul
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Paul's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2022.

Photo of Paul post-operation

November 17, 2022

Paul underwent clubfoot treatment so that he can chase after his dreams.

Paul’s clubfoot treatment is going on well! He has gone through several castings to bring his foot back in position and finally surgery to fully correct his feet. Through this treatment, Paul will have a chance to wear shoes and walk like other children, enjoy playing, and save him from discrimination.

Paul said, “I am so happy I am having my feet treated. Thank you so much.”

Paul’s clubfoot treatment is going on well! He has gone through several castings to bring his foot back in position and finally surgery to f...

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June 20, 2022

Paul is a 9-year-old student and is the firstborn in a family of three. Paul’s mother had him while in high school and had to drop out of school and decided to get married. Currently, Paul is in the third grade and his best subject is science. He dreams of becoming a pilot when he completes his studies.

Paul 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, Paul traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 21st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Paul’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to stand and walk easily and wear closed shoes. Paul can also go on to complete his studies and achieve his dream of being a pilot.

Paul’s mother says, “Please help my son. We have traveled a long way to see if my son can have his feet treated.”

Paul is a 9-year-old student and is the firstborn in a family of three. Paul's mother had him while in high school and had to drop out of sc...

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Paul's Timeline

  • June 20, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 21, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Paul 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.

  • June 22, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paul's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Paul's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Paul's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Paul's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.