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

Said
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Said's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2019.

Photo of Said post-operation

November 10, 2019

Said underwent clubfoot repair.

Said’s manipulation and casting is going well, his feet are showing great change after every cast change. This treatment will help him have normal feet and walk normally when he gets to the walking age. This will also help him not to be discriminated due to his legs.

Said’s mother says, “Without your help, I wouldn’t have been able to afford my son’s treatment, thank you very much.”

Said’s manipulation and casting is going well, his feet are showing great change after every cast change. This treatment will help him have ...

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October 10, 2019

Said is an infant from Tanzania. Said is a handsome and cheerful infant. He has been in the hospital for some time being treated off bilateral club foot. He was diagnosed with the condition upon birth and treatment commenced a few weeks later. However, the mother and grandmother could not keep up with the cost of casting and manipulation. They were referred to ALMC where manipulation and casting were recommended. If not treated, Said will be at risk of permanent disability. Said’s grandmother is the only provider in the family through subsistence farming. She further has the responsibility of caring for her other children. She is afraid that treatment for her grandson might be halted due to their finances.

Fortunately, Said traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 11. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Said’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, Said will be able to walk with ease and free from permanent disability.

Said’s mother says, “I don’t want my son to grow up disabled but we are unable to afford the treatment cost, please help.”

Said is an infant from Tanzania. Said is a handsome and cheerful infant. He has been in the hospital for some time being treated off bilater...

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Said's Timeline

  • October 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Said was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • October 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Said 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.

  • October 17, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Said's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Said's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 01, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Said's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

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