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Success! Dominick from Tanzania raised $880 to fund a corrective surgery for his knees.

Dominick
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Dominick's treatment was fully funded on March 7, 2021.

Photo of Dominick post-operation

March 9, 2021

Dominick underwent a corrective surgery for his knees.

Dominic had a successful surgery to correct both of his legs from bowing outward, which previously made walking painful and difficult. He currently has a full cast on both legs and will be on bed rest for four weeks, after which he can start walking again. Once fully recovered, Dominic will no longer be at risk of impaired mobility, and will be able to live a full life without disability.

Dominic’s mother shared, “Thank you very much and may God bless you so that you can continue helping other disabled patients like my son.”

Dominic had a successful surgery to correct both of his legs from bowing outward, which previously made walking painful and difficult. He cu...

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January 21, 2021

Dominick is a 4-year-old child from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of three children. Because he has difficulty walking, his mother has been unable to enroll him in school yet.

Dominick was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, or bowleggedness. His legs bow outward when he walks. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he physically struggles to walk and cannot walk for a long time. However, Dominick’s parents cannot afford the cost of the treatment he needs to cure his condition. They are subsistence farmers who make a humble income to support the family, and they appeal for financial help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dominick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Dominick’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Dominick’s mother shared, “I believe our prayers were answered when we met one of Watsi’s colleagues who directed us here. We are not able to afford Dominic’s treatment and we had lost hope, but we just thought of taking Dominick for prayers that week and God led us here.”

Dominick is a 4-year-old child from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of three children. Because he has difficulty walking, hi...

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Dominick's Timeline

  • January 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dominick 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 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dominick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dominick's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dominick's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

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