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Success! Layoni from Tanzania raised $1,160 for clubfoot treatment to help him walk.

Layoni
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$1,160
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$0
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Fully funded
Layoni's treatment was fully funded on April 5, 2016.

Photo of Layoni post-operation

May 12, 2016

Layoni underwent successful clubfoot treatment.

“Layoni is on the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot,” explains his medical team at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “Manipulation and casting is done once every week, and that will continue for a few more weeks before a small surgery is done followed by the use of foot abduction braces. Complete treatment will provide Layoni the ability to properly step on his feet and slowly learn how to walk.”

“I am very grateful that my grandson is doing well. I cannot wait for him to be able to properly step on his feet and start walking,” shares Layoni’s grandmother. “I greatly appreciate the financial support; it is life changing for my grandson.”

"Layoni is on the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot," explains his medical team at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. "Man...

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March 21, 2016

Meet Layoni, a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Health Foundation (AMHF), tells us that Layoni was born to a large, loving family. His parents are both small scale farmers and tend a few livestock to support their five children.

“Layoni was born with multiple deformities; Spina bifida, hydrocephalus and bilateral clubfoot,” AMHF tells us. His neural tube defects were addressed with surgery when he was young, and he is doing much better because he received the medical treatment he needed at the time.

“He likes to crawl and sit together with other children drawing on the ground,” shares AMHF. He is getting eager to stand and walk, but with clubfeet, a musculoskeletal malformation where the feet are twisted out of shape, his feet and ankles are unable to support weight.

With $1160, Layoni will receive surgery, stretching, and casting to reshape and strengthen his muscles. AMHF will provide a surgeon and hospital respite for his recovery, so that Layoni will be able to run around and play with other children.

“I hope my grandson will one day be able to walk,” Layoni’s grandmother shared in their pre-operative interview with AMHF. With our help, Layoni will be able to walk normally.

Meet Layoni, a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Health Foundation (AMHF), tells us that Layoni was born ...

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Layoni's Timeline

  • March 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Layoni was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Layoni 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.

  • April 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Layoni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 5, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Layoni's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Layoni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The foot is turned inward, often severely, at the ankle, and the arch of the foot is very high. Patients experience discomfort, and the affected leg may be shorter and smaller than the other.

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

These children have a difficult time walking and running. Years of trying to walk on a clubfoot will cause wounds and other skeletal problems, such as arthritis. Patients will have difficulty fitting in shoes and participating in normal play, school, and daily activities. Many Africans make their livings through manual labor, which can be difficult with an untreated clubfoot.

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

Incidence is 1/1,000 live births, or about 1,600 cases in Tanzania annually. This is roughly similar to rates in Western countries, though many cases may be missed. There is no known reason for its occurrence in this region.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients will undergo a series of small operations, casting, and manipulations during their course of treatment. Patients will stay in the Plaster House, a rehabilitation center for children in Tanzania, for as long as their recovery takes.

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

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

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Clubfoot is very treatable. The surgery is minor and not risky.

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. If not treated, the condition will persist and will result in disability.

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