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Success! Humphrey from Tanzania raised $880 to fund mobility-restoring knee surgery.

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Humphrey's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2020.

Photo of Humphrey post-operation

January 7, 2021

Humphrey underwent mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Humphrey has had both of his legs corrected successfully and he currently has a full cast on both legs. He is going to be on bed rest for four weeks and thereafter start ambulation and his final cast removal. Through this treatment, Humphrey’s legs will be straight and he will be able to walk like other children without the pain and challenges he was going through. His family is hopeful he can now lead a completely normal and full life.

Humphrey’s mother says, “God bless you for coming in and helping treat my son, whose treatment we couldn’t afford.”

Humphrey has had both of his legs corrected successfully and he currently has a full cast on both legs. He is going to be on bed rest for fo...

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December 3, 2020

Humphrey is a young boy from Tanzania. Humphrey is four years old and an only child to his single mother. He has been staying with his aunt because his mother works at a local food joint commonly known as “mama ntilie” (mum serve me) and can’t afford to get help to stay with him. Humphrey’s father tries to offer support whenever he can, but doesn’t have a regular income as he is a small-scale farmer.

Humphrey was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has difficulty walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Humphrey. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Humphrey’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Humphrey’s mother shared, “Please help my son so that he can be well and be able to walk without difficulty.”

Humphrey is a young boy from Tanzania. Humphrey is four years old and an only child to his single mother. He has been staying with his aunt ...

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Humphrey's Timeline

  • December 3, 2020

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

  • December 4, 2020

    Humphrey 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.

  • December 5, 2020

    Humphrey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2020

    Humphrey's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 7, 2021

    Humphrey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Humphrey'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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Prince is a 5-year-old and the youngest of three children. His father works at a construction site to help provide income for his family. In early February, Prince was on the school bus when the bus ran into a nearby shop. Prince was trapped between seats and became injured. He was rushed to a nearby health facility for first aid and underwent surgery. Two weeks later, he was referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital for review. Prince then underwent a debridement and skin graft procedure in mid-February. Currently, Prince cannot walk and attend school, which is affecting his ability to move up in grades this year. Prince’s first two surgeries were paid for using his parent’s medical coverage, but the medical insurer turned down the current request for the surgery Prince needs to heal. Prince’s family shared that their trips to the hospital have exhausted their savings. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Prince receive treatment. On May 25th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure. This surgery will address any risks of infection so that Prince’s leg can heal and he can walk again and resume his studies. AMH is requesting $1,185 to help to fund this procedure. Prince’s father said, “Prince has missed school since February. He was supposed to graduate to grade one, but due to the injuries, he did not. He needs this surgery so that he can be able to walk again.”

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