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Success! Marilyn from Colombia raised $1,422 to fund clubfoot surgery.

  • $1,422 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Marilyn's treatment was fully funded on July 9, 2021.
June 4, 2021

Marilyn is a 10-month-old baby girl from a small town in Colombia. She lives with her mother, grandmother, three aunts and one uncle, who is a farmer.

Marilyn has clubfoot, a condition in which her foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Marilyn’s family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 26th. Now, Clínica Noel is requesting $1,422 to fund Marilyn’s life-changing procedure. After treatment, she will be able to start walking and running after her dreams as she grows.

Her mother shared, “my biggest dream is for her to get well soon, to see her walking and running as a normal child, with no pain or anything.”

Marilyn is a 10-month-old baby girl from a small town in Colombia. She lives with her mother, grandmother, three aunts and one uncle, who is...

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Marilyn's Timeline

  • June 4, 2021

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

  • June 14, 2021

    Marilyn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2021

    Marilyn's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 26, 2021

    Marilyn 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 Marilyn's treatment update from Clínica Noel.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,422 for Marilyn'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?

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 end up being subject to bullying at school. If the condition is not treated, the patient might be in constant pain and it’s possible to develop 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 redirected to a pediatric orthopedist, who starts the treatment with some casts which are changed weekly and later performs a low invasive 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 the patient gets the treatment, an anatomic and functional correction of the extremity is performed, the patient will be able to wear shoes and to walk without pain, there’s an esthetic improvement which leads to stronger self-esteem and reduces the risk of psychological affections resulting from bullying.

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 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.