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Success! Laizer from Tanzania raised $880 to fund surgery so he can walk pain-free.

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Laizer's treatment was fully funded on April 9, 2022.

Photo of Laizer post-operation

April 21, 2022

Laizer underwent surgery so he can walk pain-free.

Laizer’s left leg has been successfully corrected and he is currently in a full cast and on bed rest. This treatment has helped improve his life because he will be able to walk without difficulty or pain. He will be able to carry out his daily life activities with so much more ease.

Lazier’s mother says, “I am happy my son has had his leg corrected, he was struggling to walk a lot. Thank you.”

Laizer’s left leg has been successfully corrected and he is currently in a full cast and on bed rest. This treatment has helped improve his ...

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March 22, 2022

Laizer is 17 years old and a happy guy who loves to play with his siblings. He is the fourth born of his mother’s eight children and does not attend school yet due to his disability.

Laizer was diagnosed with a condition called Right Varus that affects the alignment of bones in his legs. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Laizer experiences pain at the end of the day and cannot walk for a long distance, including to school.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help him finally heal. On March 22nd, Laizer will undergo corrective surgery that will restore his mobility, allow him to participate in various activities, and significantly decrease his risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to fund this life-changing procedure.

Laizer’s mother shared, “I am happy to know that his leg can be corrected. This will help him walk well and stop having pain.”

Laizer is 17 years old and a happy guy who loves to play with his siblings. He is the fourth born of his mother's eight children and does no...

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Laizer's Timeline

  • March 22, 2022

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

  • March 22, 2022

    Laizer 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.

  • March 28, 2022

    Laizer's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 9, 2022

    Laizer's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 21, 2022

    Laizer's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Laizer's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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