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Success! Halima from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery for her legs.

  • $880 raised, $0 to go
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Halima's treatment was fully funded on September 27, 2021.
September 13, 2021

Halima is a charming two-year-old girl and the youngest child of two children in her family. Halima’s mother sells fruits while her father works as a mechanic.

Halima was diagnosed with bilateral Genu Varus, meaning that her legs bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking and experiences pain.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Halima to receive treatment. On September 14th, she will undergo corrective surgery at AMH’s care center. Treatment will hopefully restore Halima’s mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Now, her family needs help raising $880 to fund her procedure and care.

Halima’s mother shared, “money has been our biggest challenge in seeking treatment for our daughter. Please help us.”

Halima is a charming two-year-old girl and the youngest child of two children in her family. Halima's mother sells fruits while her father w...

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Halima's Timeline

  • September 13, 2021

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

  • September 14, 2021

    Halima was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • September 17, 2021

    Halima's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 27, 2021

    Halima's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Halima's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Halima'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.