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

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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

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

  • December 06, 2019

    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

    Hollylight's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2019

    Hollylight's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 14, 2020

    Hollylight's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Hollylight'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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U Chit

U Chit is a 55-year-old man from Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. He divorced his wife seven years ago and has two daughters and three sons. His youngest daughter lives with his ex-wife in Yangon and their other children live in Myawaddy Township. In March 2019, he entered into monkhood. Now, he receives alms from laypeople and from his children. In February 2019, U Chit began to experience back pain and a burning sensation when urinating. To treat his symptoms, he bought medication from a nearby pharmacy. However, after taking the medicine, he did not feel any better. He later went to a local clinic where he received more medication for his symptoms. They suggested that he go to Myawadday Hospital to receive an ultrasound scan. However, he did not go to the hospital because he did not think he would be able to pay for the cost of the scan. Instead, he continued taking the medicine that the doctor had prescribed. Unfortunately, his pain when urinating did not get better. Finally, U Chit decided to visit Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where he got his hernia treated four years ago, to seek treatment. U Chit arrived at MTC on April 24th, 2019, where an ultrasound scan revealed that he had a bladder stone. The next day, he was sent to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) where he received an injection and oral medication. On May 16th, 2019, he received an Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) test for further investigation. After the IVP test, the doctor told him that he requires surgery and is scheduled for 20th November 2019. Currently, U Chit experiences back pain and he continues to feel a burning sensation when urinating. Aside from his concerns about his condition, he is worried about financial problems because he is a monk and does not have a regular income. U Chit likes reading Buddhist texts and newspapers in his free time. He said, “I want to cure my condition as soon as possible and I would like to focus on religious activities. After I am cured, I also would like to help find treatment for my daughter who has suffered from a stroke.”

72% funded

$415to go

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