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Success! Marigarita from Tanzania raised $880 to fund surgery for genu valgus in both of her legs.

Marigarita
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$880
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Fully funded
Marigarita's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Marigarita post-operation

February 4, 2022

Marigarita underwent surgery for genu valgus in both of her legs.

Marigarita’s surgery was a success! She is currently in a full cast and resting as she continues to recover. Because of her surgery, Marigarita will be able to walk without difficulty and exhaustion, which she is very excited about!

Marigarita’s mother shared, “Thank you very much for helping treat my daughter. She was having a lot of difficulties walking.”

Marigarita's surgery was a success! She is currently in a full cast and resting as she continues to recover. Because of her surgery, Marigar...

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December 2, 2021

Marigarita is a four-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of four children. Both of her parents are farmers, growing maize for food. They get some money from doing manual labor jobs such as harvesting and looking after other people’s farms.

Marigarita was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. Her legs bow inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she feels pain after walking a long distance.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Marigarita. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Marigarita’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Marigarita’s mother says, “Please help treat my daughter so that she can walk well without difficulty.”

Marigarita is a four-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of four children. Both of her parents are farmers, growing maize for food. T...

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Marigarita's Timeline

  • December 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Marigarita 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.

  • December 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Marigarita's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Marigarita's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Marigarita's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

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