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Success! Lazaro from Tanzania raised $1,160 to fund clubfoot correction.

Lazaro
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  • $1,160 raised, $0 to go
$1,160
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lazaro's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2017.

Photo of Lazaro post-operation

March 10, 2017

Lazaro received clubfoot correction.

Lazaro has successfully received treatment for his bilateral clubfeet, which means that his feet are straight. Now, as Lazaro gets older, he will be able to walk normally and grow up without stigma.

His mother says, “I can see my child’s legs are straight, and I am so happy to know that he will be able to walk and go to school.”

Lazaro has successfully received treatment for his bilateral clubfeet, which means that his feet are straight. Now, as Lazaro gets older, he...

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January 10, 2017

Lazaro is a one-month-old boy. He is the second child in his family. The family lives in Tanzania, where his parents raise livestock. When he was born, his mother noticed that his feet were turned inwards. His family took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed him with congenital talipes equinovarus, more commonly known as bilateral clubfoot.

Clubfoot is a musculoskeletal malformation present from birth, in which one or both feet bend inward due to shortened tendons. If left untreated, this condition will make walking quite difficult for Lazaro throughout his life.

Fortunately, Lazaro will undergo corrective surgery on January 17. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1160 to fund Lazaro’s care.

“I hope that my child will be treated and then be able to straighten his legs,” says Lazaro’s mother.

Lazaro is a one-month-old boy. He is the second child in his family. The family lives in Tanzania, where his parents raise livestock. When h...

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Lazaro's Timeline

  • January 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lazaro 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.

  • January 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lazaro's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lazaro's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 18, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lazaro's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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