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Success! Andrea from Tanzania raised $1,160 for treatment to allow him to walk properly.

Andrea
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Fully funded
Andrea's treatment was fully funded on February 3, 2016.

Photo of Andrea post-operation

February 23, 2016

Andrea is undergoing successful treatment for his clubfoot.

“Andrea is on the initial treatment to correct his condition,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “Cast change is done once every week and will later be followed by a small surgery, and lastly the use of foot abduction braces. Complete treatment will allow Andrea to walk on on the soles of his feet and reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis at an early age.”

“I am happy that my son is on this treatment,” shares Andrea’s mother. “I trust that in the near future he will be able to walk properly and wear shoes like other children. I am truly grateful for the opportunity and the big financial support. My son will be able to walk to school.”

"Andrea is on the initial treatment to correct his condition," explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. "Cast ch...

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January 18, 2016

Three-year-old Andrea was born in Tanzania with clubfoot, a congenital condition that causes his foot to twist inwards.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), informs us that Andrea has been walking on the sides of his foot. This has caused him to experience pain and difficulty walking. “If not treated, Andrea will be at risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age,” AMHF shares.

Working as farmers, his parents do not make enough money to provide for their six children and pay for Andrea’s treatment.

For $1,160, we can help Andrea to get treatment; including all surgical and medical fees, leg casts and four months at a rehabilitation center.

During surgery, Andrea’s feet will be repositioned so that he can walk normally. AMHF expects that Andrea will have “improved gait and reduced risk of developing osteoarthritis” after treatment.

“I pray that my son will have normal feet, ability to walk properly and that God will grant him a long and successful life,” says Andrea’s mother.

Three-year-old Andrea was born in Tanzania with clubfoot, a congenital condition that causes his foot to twist inwards. Our medical partn...

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Andrea's Timeline

  • January 18, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Andrea was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • January 19, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Andrea 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.

  • February 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Andrea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 03, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Andrea's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 23, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Andrea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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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