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Success! Bartimayo from Tanzania raised $838 to fund orthopedic surgery.

Bartimayo
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bartimayo's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2017.

Photo of Bartimayo post-operation

October 11, 2017

Bartimayo underwent orthopedic surgery.

Bartimayo’s surgery went well. He had long casts applied to straighten his legs and allow healing. He is currently on bed rest and getting better. He will soon be able to walk without pain or discomfort.

Bartimayo says, “I am grateful that I will be able to walk well without pain. Thank you.”

Bartimayo’s surgery went well. He had long casts applied to straighten his legs and allow healing. He is currently on bed rest and getting b...

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September 7, 2017

Bartimayo is a nine-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the fifth child in a large family of twelve children! He lives with his parents, who are both farmers and livestock keepers.

When Bartimayo was seven, his parents began to notice his legs bending. He would also complain of occasional pain as his condition worsened. They use traditional medicines to help alleviate his symptoms, but this treatment was unsuccessful.

Thankfully, Bartimayo’s parents met a patient with the same condition who was successfully treated at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center (ALMC), a Watsi care center. At ALMC, Bartimayo was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, which means that both of his legs bend inward, making it difficult and painful to walk.

Bartimayo will need surgery to help his conditions. He will need $838 to fund the procedure. His parents were able to provide $45 out of their own pockets to subsidize his treatment.

Bartimayo looks forward to being well again so he can continue his education, play with his friends, and help his family with chores.

Bartimayo is a nine-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the fifth child in a large family of twelve children! He lives with his parents, who a...

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Bartimayo's Timeline

  • September 7, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bartimayo was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • September 08, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bartimayo 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.

  • October 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bartimayo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bartimayo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bartimayo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Bartimayo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
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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