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Success! Salha from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment so she can grow up active.

Salha
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Salha's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2021.

Photo of Salha post-operation

December 29, 2021

Salha underwent clubfoot treatment so she can grow up healthy and active.

Our medical partner shared an update that Salha’s treatment is going so well! This treatment will allow Salha to be able to walk without pain or difficulty when she grows up and it will prevent her and her family from facing stigma in their community.

Salha’s mother says, “I am very grateful for the help and education regarding this condition that I have received here. Once I gave birth to Salha I was so worried maybe something is wrong with me or my family that’s why this happened to my daughter. I am very grateful that she is receiving the help she needs and that she will be okay.”

Our medical partner shared an update that Salha’s treatment is going so well! This treatment will allow Salha to be able to walk without pai...

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November 15, 2021

Salha is a three-week-old baby girl. She is a second child in a family of two children. Her mother sells vegetables at the market and her father helps in building construction.

Salha was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Salha’s family traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Salha’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when she grows up.

Salha’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get the treatment she needs so she may be able to grow up like other children without being looked at as an outcast.”

Salha is a three-week-old baby girl. She is a second child in a family of two children. Her mother sells vegetables at the market and her fa...

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Salha's Timeline

  • November 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Salha 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.

  • November 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Salha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Salha's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Salha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Salha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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