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

Laban
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
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$0
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Fully funded
Laban's treatment was fully funded on June 5, 2020.

Photo of Laban post-operation

December 11, 2019

Laban underwent clubfoot repair.

Laban’s right clubfoot treatment is going on well, this treatment is going to help correct his wrongly positioned foot, which has made walking painful and challenging for him especial on his daily walks to and from school.

Through this treatment, Laban will be able to walk with ease just like other normal children. To complete the treatment, he will have Achilles tendon lengthening by clubfeet specialists in February.

Laban’s father says, “I am very grateful for your help. I can’t wait to see my son walk like other children.”

Laban’s right clubfoot treatment is going on well, this treatment is going to help correct his wrongly positioned foot, which has made walki...

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November 24, 2019

Laban is a 16-year-old boy from Tanzania who enjoys studying history, math, and social studies. He is third born in a family of six and suffers from a congenital clubfoot on the right leg, making his movement difficult and painful. When he was born, his mother used herbs and warm water to correct the defect but ended up developing sores.

When Laban was reviewed by our outreach program, he had manipulation and casting surgery recommended. However, the family is not able to raise the money needed as Laban’s parents are peasant farmers with limited income. They struggle meeting daily needs and medical care for their children. Laban struggles to walk but remain hopeful that soon he will be able to walk with less pain and difficulties.

Fortunately, Laban’s family traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery and our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Laban’s treatment.

Laban’s sister also suffers from clubfoot. Laban’s father says, “I have always felt hurt and that I failed my children every time I see them walking with difficulty due to their leg condition that I couldn’t afford the treatment. Please help.”

Laban is a 16-year-old boy from Tanzania who enjoys studying history, math, and social studies. He is third born in a family of six and suff...

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Laban's Timeline

  • November 24, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Laban was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • November 25, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Laban 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.

  • November 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Laban's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 11, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Laban's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 05, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Laban's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

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