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Success! Letina from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so he can walk and return to school.

Letina
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Letina's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Letina post-operation

May 4, 2022

Letina underwent corrective surgery so he can walk and return to school.

Our medical partner shared an update that Letina has had a successful surgery to correct both of his legs. His condition was making walking painful and difficult for him. Through this treatment, Letina can now walk to school without any challenges or pain.

Letina has a new sense of pride and confidence. He told us, “Thank you very much. My legs are now healed and walking well. I am now back to school and my friends no longer find my legs funny anymore.”

Our medical partner shared an update that Letina has had a successful surgery to correct both of his legs. His condition was making walking ...

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October 25, 2021

Letina is a bright sixteen-year-old student. He’s from a large family with ten children with Letina being one of the oldest. At school, Letina’s best subjects are math, Swahili, and social studies. He is a hard-working student and helps look after his father’s cattle when he is not studying.

About three years ago, Letina’s legs began curving as he grew. At first, it was a slight curve but has worsened over the years. As a result, Letina has had to stop his studies in search of treatment for his legs. Due to the family’s limited income, they could not previously seek treatment for their son.

Letina visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), where he was diagnosed with bilateral valgus, a condition in which the bone joint is angled outward away from the body’s midline. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, walking is painful and near impossible. Letina shared he is now unable to walk a long distance and feels pain when he does walk.

On October 26th, Letina will undergo corrective surgery. Treatment should help restore Letina’s mobility, allow him to participate in various activities, and significantly decrease his risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to help fund Letina’s surgery.

Letina shared, “Walking has become very hard for me due to pain and how deformed my legs are. My friends have been making fun of me at school.”

Letina is a bright sixteen-year-old student. He's from a large family with ten children with Letina being one of the oldest. At school, Leti...

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Letina's Timeline

  • October 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Letina was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Letina 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.

  • October 27, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Letina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Letina's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Letina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Letina'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.