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December 4, 2019

Ester is a seven-year-old girl from Tanzania and last born of six children in her family. She walks with difficulties due to genu varus, a condition where the legs curve outwards by the knees. She complains of pain and exhaustion after long walks, especially to school. Her parents noted the curving two years ago which has gradually increased.

One of her teachers advised Ester’s family to visit our hospital. Upon review, Ester was diagnosed with the condition and requires surgery. With successful surgery, she will be able to walk with ease, less pain and exhaustion. Ester’s parents are peasants, relying on casual labour in other people’s farms to make a living. Providing for their six children is hard for them. They are not able to afford the cost of surgery for their child and appeal for help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Ester. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 5th. Treatment will hopefully restore Ester’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Ester’s mother says, “Our daughter has been suffering due to her leg’s condition but due to financial challenges we haven’t been able to treat her please help our daughter.”

Ester is a seven-year-old girl from Tanzania and last born of six children in her family. She walks with difficulties due to genu varus, a c...

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Ester's Timeline

  • December 4, 2019

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

  • December 06, 2019

    Ester 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 06, 2019

    Ester's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2019

    Awaiting Ester's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.


    Ester is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Ester'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?

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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