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Success! Mapai from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery to straighten his leg so he can walk more easily.

Mapai
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Mapai's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2021.

Photo of Mapai post-operation

January 10, 2022

Mapai underwent corrective surgery to straighten his leg so he can walk more easily.

Mapai has had a successful surgery that has helped correct his right leg that had been badly impacted by his condition, making walking painful and difficult. Mapai’s initial treatment had to be rescheduled because he was anaemic, but once he was healthy enough, he was cleared for surgery. Through this surgery, Mapai’s leg is now straight and with complete recovery, he will be walking without pain and discomfort.

Mapai’s father says, “Thank you very much and God bless you all!”

Mapai has had a successful surgery that has helped correct his right leg that had been badly impacted by his condition, making walking painf...

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October 25, 2021

Mapai is a three-year-old and the second born child in a family of three children. Mapai is a charming and social. He was born a healthy child but when he was two years old his parents noticed his right leg was slightly curved. They thought he would grow out of it with time. At the time, his parents couldn’t afford to seek treatment for him due to financial challenges.

Mapai’s parents are livestock keepers from a remote village where health facilities are not easy to get to. A family who also had a similar condition to Mapai shared with his parents that they should visit our medical partner at The Plaster House. They had received treatment there and their child was now doing well.

Mapai’s family decided to travel there and hoped they could also get the care he needed. Mapai was diagnosed with right valgus, where his right leg is bending inwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Mapai is having a hard time walking and moving around.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Mapai. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 26th. Treatment will hopefully restore Mapai’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Mapai’s father says, “You can see how much he is struggling to walk, I have no means to afford the treatment costs, please help.”

Mapai is a three-year-old and the second born child in a family of three children. Mapai is a charming and social. He was born a healthy chi...

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Mapai's Timeline

  • October 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mapai was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mapai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mapai's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mapai 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.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mapai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Mapai'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.