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Success! Joshua from Uganda raised $880 to fund a corrective surgery for his knees.

Joshua
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$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Joshua's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2020.

Photo of Joshua post-operation

December 26, 2020

Joshua underwent a corrective surgery for his knees.

Joshua had a successful surgery to help correct both of his legs which were making walking hard for him due to them curving inwards. With his surgery, Joshua will now be able to walk without struggling or going through the pain he was going through before he had this treatment. He will also be able to enjoy and play football since it’s something he couldn’t do well due to his legs.

Joshua says, “Thank you very much for helping correct my legs. Am looking forward to having my cast removed and be able to walk in my straight and painless legs.”

Joshua had a successful surgery to help correct both of his legs which were making walking hard for him due to them curving inwards. With hi...

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November 12, 2020

Joshua is a student from Uganda. He is a third born in a family of six children. He is currently in seventh grade, and he hopes to graduate and continue with school. Joshua’s parents are both subsistence farmers.

Joshua was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, or a condition known as “knock-knees.” His legs bow inward, causing his knees to 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, it is difficult for Joshua to walk for long distances because he experiences pain as his knees continue knocking each other.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Joshua. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 13th. Treatment will hopefully restore Joshua’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Joshua says “My legs are limiting me so much from walking, working, and playing football. I appreciate any help you can provide me.”

Joshua is a student from Uganda. He is a third born in a family of six children. He is currently in seventh grade, and he hopes to graduate ...

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Joshua's Timeline

  • November 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joshua 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 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joshua's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joshua's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joshua's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Joshua's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.