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Success! Shawali from Tanzania raised $1,160 for clubfoot treatment to help him walk.

Shawali
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  • $1,160 raised, $0 to go
$1,160
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Shawali's treatment was fully funded on June 5, 2016.

Photo of Shawali post-operation

July 1, 2016

Shawali received successful clubfoot treatment.

Shawali is progressing well with his treatment. It is still expected that he will achieve a neutral position with his feet and will learn to walk like his peers.

“I can already see an improvement,” Shawali’s mother shared. “I am excited for him learning to walk.”

Shawali is progressing well with his treatment. It is still expected that he will achieve a neutral position with his feet and will learn to...

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May 20, 2016

Shawali was identified through the outreach program at Arusha Lutheran Christian Medical Centre (ALMC) when his mother presented him with a “problem with his feet.” He has been diagnosed with bilateral club feet, which means that both of his feet are twisted out of shape or position.

Shawali, a 20-month-old boy, is the fourth born child to subsistence farmers from Tanzania. Education is important to his parents, and his older siblings all attend school.

Because his condition makes it difficult for him to walk properly, Shawali requires treatment to straighten them out and restore him to proper mobility. Shawali’s parents need assistance to cover their son’s $1,160 procedure. He will have plaster casts on his feet and then an operation to straighten them.

After his operation, Shawali will recover at the Plaster House, which is a facility in Tanzania that houses and rehabilitates children after corrective surgery.

It is expected that Shawali’s feet will achieve full correction and that he will never know that he was born with the club foot condition. His mother tells us, “I hope that Shawali will look normal and go to school like his siblings.”

Shawali was identified through the outreach program at Arusha Lutheran Christian Medical Centre (ALMC) when his mother presented him with a ...

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Shawali's Timeline

  • May 20, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shawali 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.

  • June 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shawali's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 05, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shawali's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 01, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shawali's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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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