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

Lightness
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$838
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lightness's treatment was fully funded on September 3, 2019.

Photo of Lightness post-operation

August 10, 2019

Lightness underwent orthopedic surgery.

Surgery was successful!

Lightness’s mother says, “We had struggled so much trying to get treatment for our daughter but due to your help, our daughter has finally had her legs straightened and we are really grateful for all your help.”

Surgery was successful! Lightness’s mother says, “We had struggled so much trying to get treatment for our daughter but due to your help,...

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July 24, 2019

Lightness is a toddler from Tanzania. She is the third born child in a family of four children. Lightness was diagnosed with genu varus. Her legs are bowed outward. 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 is having difficulty walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Lightness. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 26. Treatment will hopefully restore Lightness’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Lightness’s mother says, “We have tried what we could to help treat her legs but nothing has helped. Please help treat my daughter we can’t afford the cost.”

Lightness is a toddler from Tanzania. She is the third born child in a family of four children. Lightness was diagnosed with genu varus. Her...

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Lightness's Timeline

  • July 24, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 26, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lightness 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.

  • July 31, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lightness's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lightness's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 03, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lightness's treatment was fully funded.

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Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Lightness'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.