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Success! Solomon from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective leg surgery so he can walk again.

Solomon
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Solomon's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2022.

Photo of Solomon post-operation

January 9, 2023

Solomon underwent corrective leg surgery so he can walk again.

Solomon had a successful surgery that helped correct his leg which made activities like walking difficult and painful for him, which led to him stopping school. The surgeon decided to operate on his right leg first instead of both legs and monitor if the left leg will correct itself because the valgus was worse on his right knee. If the left leg corrects itself then he won’t need another surgery but if it keeps on worsening, Solomon will undergo surgery to correct his left leg. He is currently doing well and recovering on bed rest.

Through this surgery, Solomon will be able to go back to school and walk without pain. He still has weekly follow up with his surgeon to monitor her healing progress.

Solomon’s father says, “Thank you so much. Because of the work you do here my son will go back to school and live up to a normal life.”

Solomon had a successful surgery that helped correct his leg which made activities like walking difficult and painful for him, which led to ...

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August 3, 2022

Solomon is a 17-year-old from Tanzania. He is the secondborn in a family of five children. He enjoys going to school and has studied up to form 2. To support their family, his father works in the mines, and his mother is a kindergarten teacher. They share that their income is only enough to cover their basic day-to-day needs.

Solomon has been diagnosed with genu valgus, a condition which causes his legs to bows inward and 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 of his condition, he is unable to walk and has stopped attending school.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Solomon. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Solomon’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Solomon’s mother shares that she is happy knowing her son will be able to live a healthy life.

Solomon is a 17-year-old from Tanzania. He is the secondborn in a family of five children. He enjoys going to school and has studied up to f...

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Solomon's Timeline

  • August 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Solomon was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Solomon 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.

  • August 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Solomon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Solomon's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Solomon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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