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Success! Hollylight from Tanzania raised $838 to fund knee surgery.

Hollylight
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$838
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Hollylight's treatment was fully funded on January 14, 2020.

Photo of Hollylight post-operation

December 17, 2019

Hollylight underwent knee surgery.

Hollylight had both of her legs, which had curved outward, successfully corrected. Walking for her was very challenging and she would complain of pain when she walked for even a short distance. Through this treatment, her legs have been straightening and she is currently on full cast of both legs which is non-weight bearing. With treatment, she is able to walk on straight legs with going through pain or limping.

Hollylight’s mother says, “I am very thankful for your help in finding and treating my daughter. I wouldn’t have been able to afford the cost.’’

Hollylight had both of her legs, which had curved outward, successfully corrected. Walking for her was very challenging and she would compla...

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December 2, 2019

Hollylight is a friendly, talkative, and playful girl from Tanzania. She is the only child to her mother. Hollylight’s mother sells samosa to earn a living and together they live in a rented house. Her father abandoned them when the mother was 8 months pregnant. Hollylight walks with difficulty and pain due to her legs curving outwards. She has struggled with the condition since she started walking at 14 months.

Her mother desired to take her to the hospital but due to limited income, she was not able to. She hoped that the child’s movement would improve with time. However, she continues to struggle with the condition. Hollylight’s mother was referred to our facility by her friends and upon review, the child was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. She requires surgery to correct the condition and help the child walk with ease. The family appeals for financial assistance to help the child receive the surgery.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Hollylight. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Hollylight’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Hollylight’s mother says, “Please help correct my daughter’s legs so that she can walk well without being discriminated.”

Hollylight is a friendly, talkative, and playful girl from Tanzania. She is the only child to her mother. Hollylight's mother sells samosa t...

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Hollylight's Timeline

  • December 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 06, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hollylight 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.

  • December 16, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hollylight's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hollylight's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 14, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hollylight's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Hollylight's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • 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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Kyampire is a mother of five girls. She lost her husband in February 2001. All her daughters are married, but are struggling in their families due to lack of adequate education. Her firstborn is 24 years old and completed secondary school class three, the second born is 23 years old and completed primary school class six, her third is 22 years old and completed secondary school class two, while her youngest is 20 years old and dropped from secondary school class three. Her husband had not constructed a house for them but Kyampire tried her best and constructed a three-room semi-permanent house for herself and her girls. Kyampire started feeling abdominal pains and scans at Kabale referral hospital showed she had uterine fibroids. As the pains persisted, she went to a private doctor who advised her to have surgery but could not because she could not afford the surgery charges. She tried herbs and pain medicine to reduce the pain but she feels it is now beyond her control and that’s why she came to Rushoroza Hospital. If not treated, she could develop severe anaemia leading to heart failure. She has severe abdominal pain stopping her from doing her day to day activities. Kyampire did not go to school and survives on small-scale farming. Her normal duties are affected because she feels severe pain when digging and feels pain and heavy when walking; this greatly slows down her general performance in any activity she takes on. She at times finds it difficult to walk completely. Kyampire told us: “I pray for a successful surgery. I look forward to being normal again and be able to carry out my farming activities as comfortably as I had always done; making it easy to take good care of myself, God willing.”

64% funded

64%funded
$155raised
$84to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Kyampire

Kyampire is a mother of five girls. She lost her husband in February 2001. All her daughters are married, but are struggling in their families due to lack of adequate education. Her firstborn is 24 years old and completed secondary school class three, the second born is 23 years old and completed primary school class six, her third is 22 years old and completed secondary school class two, while her youngest is 20 years old and dropped from secondary school class three. Her husband had not constructed a house for them but Kyampire tried her best and constructed a three-room semi-permanent house for herself and her girls. Kyampire started feeling abdominal pains and scans at Kabale referral hospital showed she had uterine fibroids. As the pains persisted, she went to a private doctor who advised her to have surgery but could not because she could not afford the surgery charges. She tried herbs and pain medicine to reduce the pain but she feels it is now beyond her control and that’s why she came to Rushoroza Hospital. If not treated, she could develop severe anaemia leading to heart failure. She has severe abdominal pain stopping her from doing her day to day activities. Kyampire did not go to school and survives on small-scale farming. Her normal duties are affected because she feels severe pain when digging and feels pain and heavy when walking; this greatly slows down her general performance in any activity she takes on. She at times finds it difficult to walk completely. Kyampire told us: “I pray for a successful surgery. I look forward to being normal again and be able to carry out my farming activities as comfortably as I had always done; making it easy to take good care of myself, God willing.”

64% funded

64%funded
$155raised
$84to go