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Success! Nembris from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so she can walk easily.

Nembris
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Nembris's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2022.

Photo of Nembris post-operation

February 22, 2022

Nembris underwent clubfoot treatment so she can walk easily as she grows.

Nembris’s treatment to correct her clubfoot was postponed initially after being reviewed by an orthopedic surgeon who suggested that they first do a surgery to remove the extra digit on her foot, before proceeding with the correction and casting of her foot. After undergoing that care, they then began treatment to correct her clubfoot. Currently, Nembris is on her second cast change, which is serving to correct the musculoskeletal malformation of her foot. Through this treatment, Nembris will have straight feet which will help her to walk easily, wear shoes comfortably, and grow up to lead a happy and full life.

Nembris’s mother shared with us, “I am so happy to see her having her foot treated. First, they took the extra digit out, and now they are making the foot straight. Thank you very much.”

Nembris's treatment to correct her clubfoot was postponed initially after being reviewed by an orthopedic surgeon who suggested that they fi...

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December 6, 2021

Nembris is a charming and curious 16-month-old baby. She’s the only child in her family. Nembris’s parents work as subsistence farmers and shared that they need assistance with the cost of Nembris’s treatment.

Nembris has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, which causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, her family traveled to the care center at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). On December 7th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery, which will allow Nembris to walk easily upon recovery. AMHF is requesting $935 to fund this procedure.

Nembris’s mother shared, “I would be very glad if my daughter can walk without difficulty and if her leg will look normal like other kids. I lost hope…Please help us.”

Nembris is a charming and curious 16-month-old baby. She's the only child in her family. Nembris’s parents work as subsistence farmers and s...

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Nembris's Timeline

  • December 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nembris 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.

  • December 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nembris's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 1, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nembris's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nembris'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 Nembris'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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