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Johnson from Tanzania raised $935 to fund life-changing clubfoot treatment.

Johnson
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Johnson's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2020.
December 24, 2020

Johnson has not yet started his clubfoot treatment.

Our medical partner just shared an update with us that they have been trying to reach Johnson’s family for a few months to provide his treatment, but unfortunately have not been able to make contact with them. Johnson was scheduled to have his clubfoot treatment in October but did not arrive. The hospital will continue to try to reach out but in the meantime they have asked that we support another patient in need.

Our medical partner just shared an update with us that they have been trying to reach Johnson's family for a few months to provide his treat...

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October 7, 2020

Johnson is a 2-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the last born in a family of three children and was born with a left clubfoot.

His condition is causing worry for his parents. They tried to seek doctor’s advice from a local hospital and were referred to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center ALMC/Plaster House.

Johnson has been diagnosed with a left positional clubfoot which needs manipulation and casting to correct his foot so that he does not grow up disabled. If this condition is not treated Johnson will have difficulty learning to stand and walk when the time comes. He will also not be able to wear normal shoes and walking will always be difficult for him.

Johnson’s father works as bodaboda taxi driver to be able to care for and support his family. They also practice small-scale farming where they grow crops for their own family. Their income is not enough to pay for their basic needs and still afford their son’s treatment cost so they are asking for help.

Fortunately, Johnson’s family traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 9th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Johnson’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily when he grows up and develop like any other child.

Johnson’s mother shared, “We wouldn’t want our son to grow up disabled. Please help us we since we are unable to afford the treatment cost as our income is not enough.”

Johnson is a 2-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the last born in a family of three children and was born with a left clubfoot. Hi...

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Johnson's Timeline

  • October 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Johnson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 9, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Johnson was scheduled to receive 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 24, 2020
    FUNDING ENDED

    Johnson is no longer raising funds.

  • December 24, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Johnson's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Johnson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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$1,377raised
$123to go

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