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Success! Lorine Jema from Tanzania raised $940 for surgery to treat her bowed legs.

Lorine Jema
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  • $940 raised, $0 to go
$940
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$0
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Fully funded
Lorine Jema's treatment was fully funded on October 19, 2016.

Photo of Lorine Jema post-operation

November 15, 2016

Lorine Jema successfully was treated for clubfoot.

Lorine’s surgery was successful! She is now in the care of The Plaster House for a few months months of rehabilitation, and is on track for a full recovery. When her casts are removed, she should be able to get around like any other toddler (and get into all the sorts of trouble toddlers typically look for). She’s on track to grow normally and have every opportunity for a regular life of school and play and family.

“Thanks Plaster House people,” says Lorine. “Hurry up so I can play with my friends.”

Lorine's surgery was successful! She is now in the care of The Plaster House for a few months months of rehabilitation, and is on track for ...

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September 22, 2016

Lorine is a two-year-old girl who is the second of two children. Her father is a teacher at a local school and her mother works as a shopkeeper.

Lorine has very severely bowed legs. The bowing started when she began to walk and progressed until she can barely walk at all. Her parents therefore sought out treatment for Lorine. She requires surgery to realign and stabilize her knees and legs. $940 will cover the cost of this surgery, which will greatly improve how Lorine walks, allowing greater mobility and improve future development.

Lorine’s mother said, “I am so blessed to have found a place where Lorine can be treated. I hope that she will be able to walk like her peers and attend kindergarten.”

Lorine is a two-year-old girl who is the second of two children. Her father is a teacher at a local school and her mother works as a shopkee...

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Lorine Jema's Timeline

  • September 22, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lorine Jema was submitted by Sarah Rejman, Rehab Surgery Project Program Director at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 23, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lorine Jema 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.

  • September 26, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lorine Jema's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lorine Jema's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lorine Jema's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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