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Success! Emmanuel from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot correction.

Emmanuel
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$890
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Fully funded
Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded on December 8, 2018.

Photo of Emmanuel post-operation

November 6, 2018

Emmanuel underwent clubfoot correction.

He is now progressing through several cast changes. This procedure is going to straighten both of his feet and enable him to walk normally.

Emmanuel’s father says, “You were God sent we were made to believe there was nothing that could be done but you gave us hope and treatment for our son. God bless you.”

He is now progressing through several cast changes. This procedure is going to straighten both of his feet and enable him to walk normally. ...

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October 15, 2018

Emmanuel is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. His parents are small-scale farmers who farm maize, bean, potatoes and vegetables.

Emmanuel has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Emmanuel traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 15. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Emmanuel’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily.

His mother says, “We were made to believe there was nothing that could be done to our son. You have brought us hope. Please help us.”

Emmanuel is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. His parents are small-scale farmers who farm maize, bean,...

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Emmanuel's Timeline

  • October 15, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 16, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Emmanuel 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 20, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Emmanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 6, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Emmanuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Emmanuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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