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Success! Richard from Tanzania raised $838 to fund orthopedic surgery.

Richard
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$838
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Richard's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.

Photo of Richard post-operation

November 5, 2018

Richard underwent orthopedic surgery.

Richard had a successful surgery, which helped to straighten his left leg. He is currently in a full cast.

Richard’s mother says, “I can never thank you enough. May God bless you so much.”

Richard had a successful surgery, which helped to straighten his left leg. He is currently in a full cast. Richard’s mother says, “I can ...

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September 30, 2018

Richard is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the seventh child in a family of eight children. Richard’s parents depend on small scale farming for their living.

Richard was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs bow outward at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Richard. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Richard’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Richard’s mother says, “Thank you very much for helping my son. We didn’t know what to do since we couldn’t afford the treatment. We are really grateful.”

Richard is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the seventh child in a family of eight children. Richard’s parents depend on small scal...

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Richard's Timeline

  • September 30, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 07, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Richard's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Richard 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 05, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Richard's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 05, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Richard's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Richard's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
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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