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Success! Shazma from Tanzania raised $880 to fund leg corrective surgery.

Shazma
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Shazma's treatment was fully funded on May 24, 2021.

Photo of Shazma post-operation

June 11, 2021

Shazma underwent life-changing leg corrective surgery.

Shazma’s surgery to help straighten both of her legs went very well. She currently has a full cast of both legs and is resting and recovering. Her family is relieved that with this treatment, Shazma will no longer experience pain and difficulty when walking. This care also prevents her legs from being deformed further. She will be able to grow up to lead a life free of disability and its challenges.

Shazma’s mother says, “It feels so good to see my daughter in her cast with straight legs. I am looking forward to seeing her stand and walk soon! Thank you very much.”

Shazma’s surgery to help straighten both of her legs went very well. She currently has a full cast of both legs and is resting and recoverin...

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April 15, 2021

Shazma is a 2-year-old and the last born in a family of three children. She is a friendly and cheerful girl who already loves playing! Shazma’s mother was laid off from her work at a horticulture farm due to the pandemic, and her father works as a cook at a local guest house. The parents used to support each other on payment of bills but now Shazma’s father is the only earner while her mother takes care of the children at home.

Shazma was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus which causes her legs to bend outward and results in difficulty walking. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Shazma on April 16th. Treatment will ensure Shazma’s mobility as she grows, allow her to participate in all she wants to do, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Shazma’s mother shared, “My daughter is in need of treatment to repair her legs. She currently struggles a lot to walk but the cost of treatment is not something we cannot afford. Kindly help our daughter if it’s possible.”

Shazma is a 2-year-old and the last born in a family of three children. She is a friendly and cheerful girl who already loves playing! Shazm...

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Shazma's Timeline

  • April 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shazma's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shazma 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.

  • May 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shazma's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shazma's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Shazma's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

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

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

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

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

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

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.