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Success! Cornelius from Kenya raised $1,286 to fund clubfoot treatment so he can be more active.

Cornelius
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Cornelius's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Cornelius post-operation

February 8, 2022

Cornelius underwent clubfoot treatment so he can be more active and live a full life ahead.

Cornelius underwent a specialist surgery for clubfoot and his treatment was a success! This will be impactful to his life in many ways, and he has new confidence and energy for a big life ahead. He’s happy to be able to wear shoes, walk well, play with his friends, and continue with his education without disruptions.

“God bless you and continue helping other children like me. I will be able to put on shoes and walk confidently.” Cornelius told us. His mother added, “We are grateful for the support and our hearts are filled with joy that only God can see. God bless you all.”

Cornelius underwent a specialist surgery for clubfoot and his treatment was a success! This will be impactful to his life in many ways, and ...

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December 5, 2021

Cornelius is a 15-year-old student and a social and friendly boy. He’s the last born in a family of four children. Cornelius’s mother is a widow and does farming on her small piece of land to earn a living and provide for the family.

Cornelius has a condition on his right foot that inhibits his movements, makes wearing shoes hard, and causes pain while walking.

Fortunately, Cornelius traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform surgery on December 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Cornelius’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk well, wear shoes and play with his friends and continue with his studies uninterrupted. However, his family is not financially able to fund the surgery and is appealing for financial assistance.

Cornelius said, “I feel pain when I’m walking. I hope the surgery makes it less painful for me to be able to put on shoes and to walk well without straining anymore.”

Cornelius is a 15-year-old student and a social and friendly boy. He's the last born in a family of four children. Cornelius's mother is a w...

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Cornelius's Timeline

  • December 5, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Cornelius was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Cornelius received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital in Kenya. 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 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Cornelius's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Cornelius's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Cornelius's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,286 for Cornelius's treatment
Hospital Fees
$273
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$179
Supplies
$396
Labs
$37
Radiology
$27
Other
$61
  • 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 in Kenya. 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.

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. AIC Cure International Hospital is one of the few pediatric orthopedic hospitals devoted to serving the physically disabled children of Kenya. Most parents bring their children from remote areas to seek treatment.

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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Ronald

Ronald is a middle-aged farmer from Kenya who is the thirdborn in a family of six. He and his family all live in semi-permanent houses and work as small-scale farmers. His father passed away years ago, so his mother, who is diabetic, was left to care for the children alone. Ronald studied up to the college level, but he could not secure a job in his field, so he now works as a casual laborer. He also helps his mother with house chores since she is sick and on medication, making it difficult for her to do them alone. With the income he earns through doing casual labor, Ronald helps support his family's basic day-to-day needs. Ronald was recently involved in a road traffic accident while traveling as a passenger on a motorbike. After his driver lost control due to being hit by another motorbike, they both fell on the tarmacked road, and the motorbike landed on Ronald's lower limbs. Fortunately, there were people around who helped them, but he could not manage to stand. He had to be lifted onto a passenger service vehicle, which took him to the hospital. Since he sustained an open fracture to his foot during the accident, it was treated as an emergency, and he was immediately taken to the operating room for cleaning and debridement. He was then admitted to the ward and is now waiting to undergo fracture repair surgery. He is currently in pain and unable to use his limb Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 12th, Ronald will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. After the procedure, he will no longer be in pain and will be able to walk and work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Ronald says, "I earn a living through casual jobs, which some are near and some are far from home. This state has actually brought me down. Please help me so that I may not be a burden once I am able to work.”

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