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

Christian
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Christian's treatment was fully funded on February 12, 2020.

Photo of Christian post-operation

February 2, 2020

Christian underwent clubfoot correction.

Christian’s manipulation and casting is going on well and his right foot positioning is getting better after every cast change. Through this treatment, he will be able to learn how to walk with ease. This treatment has also helped save him from discrimination due to his foot that he might have had to go through if not treated so early.

Christian’s mother says, “We wouldn’t have been able to afford his treatment cost any time soon but thanks to you my son is now having his foot corrected and he is doing so well. Thank you very much.’’

Christian’s manipulation and casting is going on well and his right foot positioning is getting better after every cast change. Through this...

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November 13, 2019

Christian is a one week old boy from Tanzania. He is the last born child in a family of two children. His parents depend on small scale farming for their living with no other source of income.

Christian has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Christian traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Christian’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily.

Christian’s mother says, “We would love our son to have normal feet and grow into a normal child not having to go through discrimination. The cost is too high for us to afford please help.”

Christian is a one week old boy from Tanzania. He is the last born child in a family of two children. His parents depend on small scale farm...

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Christian's Timeline

  • November 13, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 19, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Christian 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.

  • November 20, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Christian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 12, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christian's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Christian'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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