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Rene from Kenya raised $1,224 to fund clubfoot correction.

Rene
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  • $1,224 raised, $0 to go
$1,224
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Rene's treatment was fully funded on May 1, 2018.

Photo of Rene post-operation

June 1, 2018

Rene underwent clubfoot correction.

Surgery was successful, and she will now be able to walk comfortably.

Her mother says, “I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Watsi.”

Surgery was successful, and she will now be able to walk comfortably. Her mother says, "I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Watsi....

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March 23, 2018

Rene is a child from Kenya. She is a first grader and only child to her single mother. Rene likes reading and is among the best students in her class. She lives with her grandparents in Western Kenya, while her mother works as a maid in the capital city, Nairobi.

Rene has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Rene traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Rene’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and play comfortably with her friends.

Renee’s mother says, “I will be happy to see my daughter walking, surgery will improve her self-esteem, and she will be able to continue with her studies without any difficulty.”

Rene is a child from Kenya. She is a first grader and only child to her single mother. Rene likes reading and is among the best students in ...

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Rene's Timeline

  • March 23, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 26, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rene's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 23, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rene 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.

  • May 1, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rene's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 1, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Rene. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,224 for Rene's treatment
Hospital Fees
$273
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$179
Supplies
$395
Labs
$37
Radiology
$27
  • 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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Asbel

Asbel is a young farmer and the firstborn in a family of six. Asbel lives with his mother and siblings since their father passed away. The 28-year-old does farming to earn a living and sometimes is able to do other casual work in people’s farms. His siblings are young and his mother has no income-generating activity to support the family. He was forced to drop out of high school due to lack of funds to support his education. On arrival at the hospital, Asbel was checked by the doctors who also did an x-ray. This confirmed that he had sustained a metatarsal fracture with a dislocation on his right lower limb. Due to his condition, Asbel was taken to the operating theater for an urgent washout procedure to clean out his wound and then admitted to the hospital for pain management. He was also told that he would need surgery to fix the fractured bones. The condition has caused Asbel pain, swelling, and an open wound after a prick by a sharp object on his right foot while working on the farm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 24th, Asbel will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and external fixation. He will be able to go back to farming and continue supporting his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $853 to fund this procedure. Asbel says, “My hope is to get treated so that I can resume all my daily duties and provide for my family and my siblings.”

68% funded

68%funded
$583raised
$269to go

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