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Success! Billman from Tanzania raised $890 to fund treatment of clubfoot.

Billman
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
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$0
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Fully funded
Billman's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2017.

Photo of Billman post-operation

November 3, 2017

Billman underwent treatment of clubfoot.

Billman is doing well, and he is in his third week of manipulation and casting treatment. This treatment will help Billman when he grows up. He will be able to walk without difficulty, he will not be subjected to stigma, he will experience no pain, and he will be able to attend school.

Billman’s mother says, “I am very thankful to God and to all who made all this happened for Billman getting treatment. I and his father promise to raise him in a good way, take him to school when he grows up, and make sure he gets all of our support in order to prosper in his life.”

Billman is doing well, and he is in his third week of manipulation and casting treatment. This treatment will help Billman when he grows up....

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October 11, 2017

Meet three-month-old baby Billman. He is a happy and gentle baby boy and lives with his extended family in Tanzania. Billman’s parents are small-scale farmers and they cultivate maize to sell and for their own consumption.

Billman was born with bilateral clubfeet. This is a congenital condition in which the feet turn inwards at the ankles. This will affect Billman’s ability to walk as he grows up due to pain and discomfort.

Billman will begin corrective treatment of his clubfoot on October 13. He will undergo surgery, cast changes, and post-op physiotherapy sessions.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $890 to help Billman walk without difficulty and be able to engage in daily activities such as going to school and working when he grows up.

“We are very happy to see our child get treatment,” say Billman’s parents.

Meet three-month-old baby Billman. He is a happy and gentle baby boy and lives with his extended family in Tanzania. Billman's parents are s...

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Billman's Timeline

  • October 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 12, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Billman's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Billman 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 03, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Billman's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Billman's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Billman'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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