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Success! Joshua from Tanzania raised $940 to help him walk without pain.

Joshua
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Fully funded
Joshua's treatment was fully funded on May 13, 2016.

Photo of Joshua post-operation

June 15, 2016

Joshua received successful treatment for his knocked knees.

17-year-old Joshua had severe bilateral genu valgus, also known as knocked knees, that made walking very difficult. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares that a “distal femoral osteotomy was done successfully and currently Joshua is on long leg casts while the wounds are healing.”

Once the casts are removed, Joshua will have to do exercises to regain total movement. “Complete recovery will allow Joshua to walk without knocking his knees and he will also have a reduced risk of developing early osteoarthritis,” AMHF adds.

“I appreciate all the support and I am happy because I am doing better,” Joshua says. “I trust that I will be able to walk properly in the near future.”

17-year-old Joshua had severe bilateral genu valgus, also known as knocked knees, that made walking very difficult. Our medical partner, Afr...

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April 21, 2016

“Joshua was not lucky to go to school. He herds his father’s cattle in Tanzania, but now it is getting difficult to walk long distance due to knocked knees,” a condition known as genu valgus. Joshua is now 17 years old and our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us that, “the condition has affected his gait and ability to run fast. He sometimes complains of pain on the knees.”

Joshua likes to play football with the friends in his village even though running is difficult for him. Although AMHF shares, “his father has been working hard and he is now a driver earning a little more aside from livestock keeping,” it is difficult for him to support his large family of three wives and many children. Joshua is the fourth of his mother’s five children and his parents cannot afford the cost of his surgery. Without it, however, Joshua is at risk of developing early osteoarthritis.

With $940, Joshua will undergo surgery to have his bones reset so that his knees to do not hit when he walks or runs. This operation will mean that he is not in pain when he is tending to his family’s cattle, and means that he will have an easier time playing soccer if he one day goes to school with his friends, as he wishes.

"Joshua was not lucky to go to school. He herds his father’s cattle in Tanzania, but now it is getting difficult to walk long distance due t...

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Joshua's Timeline

  • April 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joshua was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • April 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joshua 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.

  • May 12, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joshua's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 13, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joshua's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 15, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joshua's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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