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Success! Medrick from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot correction.

Medrick
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Medrick's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2019.

Photo of Medrick post-operation

December 3, 2019

Medrick underwent clubfoot correction.

Medrick casting and manipulation is going on well, this treatment is to correct his feet so that he can walk. Through this treatment, Medrick will be able to walk like other normal children and be able to resume school. Due to his age, he will need to have his Achilles tendon lengthed which is going to take place in February 2020 from the visiting clubfoot specialist.

Medrick’s father says, “Thank you very much for coming in and helping my son and giving him a chance to walk normally.’’

Medrick casting and manipulation is going on well, this treatment is to correct his feet so that he can walk. Through this treatment, Medric...

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November 18, 2019

Medrick is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children. Medrick is a hard working boy who loves school. The daily walks to and from school are becoming harder every day from exhaustion due to the positioning of his feet. Medrick’s parents depend on small scale farming of maize and cassavas for their living.

Medrick has 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, Medrick traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 19. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Medrick’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily.

Medrick’s father says, “We tried to treat our son but we ran out of money. Now there is a chance for him to have his feet corrected but we can’t afford the cost please help.”

Medrick is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children. Medrick is a hard working boy who loves school. ...

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Medrick's Timeline

  • November 18, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 21, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Medrick 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.

  • November 26, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Medrick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Medrick's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 25, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Medrick's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Medrick's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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