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Success! Sara from Colombia raised $1,500 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so that she can walk easily.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sara's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.
December 10, 2021

Sara is a 17-year-old girl from Colombia who loves to help other people. She graduated from high school this year and now volunteers at a home care center for the elderly.

Sara has clubfoot of both feet, a condition in which her feet are twisted out of shape. This causes her difficulty walking.

Fortunately, Sara’s family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel. On February 3rd, surgeons there will perform bilateral clubfoot repair surgery. After recovery, Sara will be able to walk easily and without pain. Now, Clínica Noel, is requesting $1,500 to fund Sara’s procedure and care.

Sara shared, “my family and I hope that after surgery I’ll be able to walk normally, chasing my dreams of helping even more people. We hope that this treatment helps me to reduce my physical limitations.”

Sara is a 17-year-old girl from Colombia who loves to help other people. She graduated from high school this year and now volunteers at a ho...

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Sara's Timeline

  • December 10, 2021

    Sara was submitted by Sofía Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at Clínica Noel.

  • December 20, 2021

    Sara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021

    Sara's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 3, 2022

    Sara was scheduled to receive treatment at Clínica Noel in Colombia. 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.


    Awaiting Sara's treatment update from Clínica Noel.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Clubfoot Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,893 for Sara's treatment
Subsidies fund $393 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot, have one or both feet turned inward, which might lead to complex extremity malformations, walking limitations, tight heel cord, and pain during walking.

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

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot, might experience pain while walking or not be able to walk, might not be able to wear shoes, and are often at risk of bullying at school. If the condition is not treated, the patient might be in constant pain and risk development of arthritis.

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

Many patients in Colombia live in rural areas, their families don’t have health insurance coverage nor money to pay for the treatment, they don’t have access to specialized centers, and have to travel long distances, which leads families to abandon the treatments.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

When patients visit a doctor, they are referred to a pediatric orthopedist, who starts the treatment with a series of casts which are changed weekly. The team them performs a surgery when early diagnosed. In case the patient is not treated opportunely, or treatment is abandoned, reconstructive surgery might be needed.

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

When a patient gets treatment, an anatomic and functional correction of the extremity is performed. A patient will be able to wear shoes and to walk without pain. There’s also an esthetic improvement which leads to higher self-esteem and reduces the risk of psychological impact.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There’s a chance this treatment leaves residual malformations, scars, or relapses of the treatment. As in any surgery, there is a risk of bleeding and infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Reconstructive surgery with highly complex osteotomies and tendon transfers.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.