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Success! Periya from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery on his right foot.

Periya
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Periya's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2020.

Photo of Periya post-operation

January 6, 2021

Periya underwent clubfoot repair surgery on his right foot.

Periya’s manipulation and casting which is helping correct his right foot is going really well! He is currently on his second cast change to help straighten his foot. Through this treatment, Periya’s feet will be in a normal position which will help him learn to walk with ease like other children, something that would have been very challenging for him if he didn’t have this treatment. Periya will now be able to wear shoes, walk without challenges, and lead a full life free of discrimination due to disability.

Periya’s mother shared, “We are thankful for helping fund and treat my son so that he can lead a normal life and walk like other normal children when the time comes. Thank you very much and God bless you.”

Periya’s manipulation and casting which is helping correct his right foot is going really well! He is currently on his second cast change to...

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December 13, 2020

Periya is a baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Periya was born at home because the hospital is very far from where they live. His mother had no problems when giving birth, but she was caught by surprise when she saw that her baby’s right foot was not normal.

At first, she thought that massaging Periya’s foot would bring it back to normal, but as time went by, there was still no change. Though her husband did not think it necessary, Periya’s mother kept asking relatives where she could get her son treated, and she was eventually directed to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center ALMC-The Plaster House. There, Periya was diagnosed with 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.

However, the treatment he needs is costly for their family. Periya’s father sells traditional herbal medicines, while his mother is a homemaker and mostly herds cattle. They are not able to afford the treatment and appeal for financial help.

On December 15th, surgeons at our medical partner’s care center will perform clubfoot repair surgery on Periya. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Periya’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk more easily and his quality of life will significantly improve.

Periya’s mother shared, “I would like for my baby’s foot to be straightened so that he can stand and walk properly when the time comes.”

Periya is a baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Periya was born at home because the hospital is very f...

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Periya's Timeline

  • December 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Periya 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.

  • December 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Periya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Periya's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 6, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Periya's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Periya's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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