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Success! Lilian from Tanzania raised $1,160 so she can walk normally when she grows up.

Lilian
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  • $1,160 raised, $0 to go
$1,160
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lilian's treatment was fully funded on November 11, 2016.

Photo of Lilian post-operation

January 19, 2017

Lilian is receiving successful clubfoot therapy.

It is expected that she will heal completely. She will likely never know that she was born with a clubfoot.

“Thank you for looking after Lilian,” says her mother. “I can already see her feet are straightening.”

It is expected that she will heal completely. She will likely never know that she was born with a clubfoot. "Thank you for looking after ...

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October 10, 2016

Lilian is a one-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the first child to her subsistence farmer parents. When Lilian was born with a club foot, her parents were at a loss with where to find treatment for the condition. They asked around and were referred to the Plaster House, a Watsi partner center, by a relative’s neighbor whose child had been previously treated there for a club foot.

$1,160 will cover the costs of the surgery and care to correct Lilian’s club foot. Let’s help raise the funds!

Lilian’s mother says, “I would like my daughter to be able to walk normally when she grows up and to wear normal shoes.”

Lilian is a one-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the first child to her subsistence farmer parents. When Lilian was born with a clu...

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Lilian's Timeline

  • October 10, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lilian was submitted by Sarah Rejman, Rehab Surgery Project Program Director at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • October 11, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lilian 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 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lilian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lilian's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lilian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.