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Success! Nehemia from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery.

Nehemia
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nehemia's treatment was fully funded on November 23, 2021.

Photo of Nehemia post-operation

November 30, 2021

Nehemia underwent clubfoot repair surgery.

Nehemia’s surgery was successful and she is recovering well. This treatment will help correct her clubbed foot which was making walking difficult and painful for her.

Nehemiah’s father says, “Thank you very much for your help, my daughter was suffering a lot especially walking to and from school.”

Nehemia’s surgery was successful and she is recovering well. This treatment will help correct her clubbed foot which was making walking diff...

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September 13, 2021

Nehemia is a nine-year-old child from Tanzania and the fourth born in a family of five children. She is currently in kindergarten and she loves singing the vowels. Nehemia’s parents keep livestock for a living and sell the milk. Once in a while, they also sell a goat to make additional money.

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

Fortunately, Nehemia traveled to visit our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), to receive treatment. On September 14th, surgeons at AMH’s care center will perform clubfoot repair surgery. Now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Nehemia’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily.

Nehemia’s father shared, “every day when she gets home from school she complains of pain and you can easily see she is trying not to put pressure on the foot due to fear of pain. Please help my daughter.”

Nehemia is a nine-year-old child from Tanzania and the fourth born in a family of five children. She is currently in kindergarten and she lo...

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Nehemia's Timeline

  • September 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nehemia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nehemia received 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.

  • November 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nehemia's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nehemia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Nehemia'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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