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

Marilyn
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$1,422
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Fully funded
Marilyn's treatment was fully funded on July 9, 2021.

Photo of Marilyn post-operation

August 10, 2021

Marilyn underwent clubfoot surgery.

Marilyn’s clubfoot repair went well and she is healing as planned. She was sleeping peacefully after surgery and her mom is relieved that her condition is treated. This surgery, which consisted of an anatomic and functional correction of her foot, means that Marilyn will be able to wear shoes and to walk without pain as she grows up. Her doctors noted that patients who can access clubfoot treatment also have stronger self-esteem and this care reduces the risk of psychological effects resulting from bullying.

Her mother says, “I only feel gratitude for you, thanks so much for helping my daughter, thanks to Clarita, Marilyn’s doctor, for everything she has done for my baby, and I also want to thank you donors.”

Marilyn's clubfoot repair went well and she is healing as planned. She was sleeping peacefully after surgery and her mom is relieved that he...

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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
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Marilyn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Marilyn's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Marilyn received 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.

  • August 10, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Marilyn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,422 for Marilyn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$708
Medical Staff
$624
Medication
$90
Supplies
$0
  • 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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Nyo

Nyo is a 58-year-old woman. She and her husband are agricultural day laborers, but Nyo had to stop working two years ago due to poor vision. Since COVID-19 led to lockdowns in April 2020, her husband only receives work from his employer when there is a worker shortage so their income has been very limited. Nyo shared that she likes to meditate with prayer beads and listen to the news about her homeland Myanmar and music on the radio. Nyo is experiencing a cataract in her right eye. She can only see shadows, and the vision in her right eye is worsening. As a result, she cannot do household chores, and her husband has to help her to eat and guide her to the bathroom. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Nyo receive treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Nyo’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund Nyo’s procedure. Nyo shared, “If I can’t work or I can’t see, I will have to beg to eat because my husband cannot work. My husband and I were so happy to learn that an organization will help pay for the cost of my treatment. We are thankful to the donors and BCMF.” Nyo added, “When I have money, I want to open a small dry foods shop in my house. This way, when my husband and I are no longer able to continue to work as day laborers because of our age, we can chose a way to earn extra money while staying at home.”

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$1,198raised
$302to go

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