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Success! Jackson from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot repair.

  • $890 raised, $0 to go
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Jackson's treatment was fully funded on December 6, 2019.

Photo of Jackson post-operation

October 14, 2019

Jackson underwent clubfoot repair.

Jackson is going on with treatment of clubfeet and he is showing great improvement after every cast change and he is currently on the fourth cast change. This treatment is going to help Jackson have normal feet which will make learning to walk easy and he will be walking like other normal children and be able to wear normal shoes when he is grown enough. It will also help him not feel different from his twin sister due to the disability.

Jackson’s mother says, “We are so grateful for your help, now our son will grow up not feeling any different from his siblings.”

Jackson is going on with treatment of clubfeet and he is showing great improvement after every cast change and he is currently on the fourth...

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August 22, 2019

Jackson is a baby from Tanzania. He has a twin sister called Janet. Jackson’s parents were very happy to be blessed with twin babies. Jackson comes from a family of five children and both his parents depend on small scale farming. They have a small shop which helps them supplement their income to be able to support their family.

Jackson 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, Jackson traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Jackson’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily when he grows up.

Jackson’s mother says, “We don’t want our son to feel any different from his siblings that’s why we want to treat his condition. We are unable to afford the treatment cost please help us.”

Jackson is a baby from Tanzania. He has a twin sister called Janet. Jackson’s parents were very happy to be blessed with twin babies. Jackso...

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Jackson's Timeline

  • August 22, 2019

    Jackson was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • August 23, 2019

    Jackson 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.

  • August 29, 2019

    Jackson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019

    Jackson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 06, 2019

    Jackson's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Jackson's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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