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Gody from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair.

  • $935 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Gody's treatment was fully funded on April 26, 2021.
May 6, 2021

Gody did not undergo clubfoot repair surgery.

We are deeply saddened to report that before Gody’s scheduled procedure for his clubfoot repair, he unexpectedly fell ill and passed away at home.

We are committed to reporting all outcomes transparently–even the ones we wish were different. Thank you for your kind support of Gody and his family. They will continue to be in our thoughts.

We are deeply saddened to report that before Gody's scheduled procedure for his clubfoot repair, he unexpectedly fell ill and passed away at...

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February 15, 2021

Gody is a two-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest of his mother’s two children, and one of his father’s five children. Gody’s father works at a butcher shop and is able to get by and support his family.

Gody 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, Gody traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Gody’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily.

Gody’s mother shared, “we had a little money that we thought we could use to treat our baby but all that money has been used up with no successful treatment. Kindly help correct my baby’s feet.”

Gody is a two-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest of his mother's two children, and one of his father's five children. Gody...

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Gody's Timeline

  • February 15, 2021

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

  • February 16, 2021

    Gody was scheduled to receive 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.

  • February 16, 2021

    Gody's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 6, 2021

    Gody is no longer raising funds.

  • May 6, 2021

    Gody's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Gody's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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