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Success! Mosonik from Tanzania raised $1,160 so she can walk without pain.

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Mosonik's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2016.

Photo of Mosonik post-operation

July 1, 2016

Mosonik received corrective surgery to help her walk.

Mosonik is doing well. She is on the initial treatment to correct unilateral clubfoot. She is currently on a weekly manipulation and cast change. Later on Mosonik will need a small surgery (tenotomy), followed by the use of foot abduction braces. Complete treatment will allow Mosonik to step on her left foot properly and start walking.

“My daughter is already showing good improvement,” her mother shared. “I trust that she will be able to walk like other kids in the future. I am truly happy and grateful for the financial support.”

Mosonik is doing well. She is on the initial treatment to correct unilateral clubfoot. She is currently on a weekly manipulation and cast ch...

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May 31, 2016

“Mosonik is the fifth born to her mother. Mosonik was born in February 2015 with congenital clubfoot. She is a happy baby around people she is used to. She enjoys playing with her mother’s necklaces and earrings,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

Congenital clubfoot is a foot abnormality present at birth, in which the tissues connecting the muscles to the bone (tendons) are shorter than usual. This shortening rotates the foot inward and results in difficulty walking.

“Mosinik wants to start walking but her mother thinks she is afraid of stepping on her left foot because it is painful. Mosonik’s parents are livestock keepers and what they earn is not enough to cover the cost of their basic needs as well as the cost of treatment which their daughter needs,” explains AMHF.

With $1160, Mosinik can undergo stretching and casting, followed by surgery to relax the tendon in more severe cases. “The treatment will prevent Mosonik from using the lateral aspect of her left foot for walking and that will reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis at an early age,” continues AMHF.

Mosonik’s mother says, “I will be so happy when my daughter is able to walk like other children.”

"Mosonik is the fifth born to her mother. Mosonik was born in February 2015 with congenital clubfoot. She is a happy baby around people she ...

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Mosonik's Timeline

  • May 31, 2016

    Mosonik was submitted by Sarah Rejman, Rehab Surgery Project Program Director at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • June 01, 2016

    Mosonik 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.

  • June 30, 2016

    Mosonik's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 01, 2016

    Mosonik's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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