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Success! Thuwaibatu from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so she can walk again.

Thuwaibatu
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$880
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Fully funded
Thuwaibatu's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2021.

Photo of Thuwaibatu post-operation

October 8, 2021

Thuwaibatu underwent corrective surgery so she can walk again.

Thuwaibatu has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her legs. Her leg condition made walking difficult and painful for her. Through this surgery, both of her legs have been straightened and she will be able to walk regularly and without pain. Thuwaibatu is now home and doing well!

Thuwaibatu’s mother says, “I am so happy to see my daughter’s legs have been treated. Even though she still has a cast, I can clearly see they are now straight. Thank you very much.”

Thuwaibatu has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her legs. Her leg condition made walking difficult and painful for h...

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September 1, 2021

Thuwaibatu is a three-year-old girl and the second-born child in a family of three children. Thuwaibatu is a friendly, playful and talkative girl.

Thuwaibatu was diagnosed with genu varus, where her legs bow outwards and her knees do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Thuwaibatu. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 2nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Thuwaibatu’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Thuwaibatu’s mother says “Her legs worsen each day, you can see how she walks and how big the curve is. Please help my daughter, we cannot afford the treatment cost.”

Thuwaibatu is a three-year-old girl and the second-born child in a family of three children. Thuwaibatu is a friendly, playful and talkative...

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Thuwaibatu's Timeline

  • September 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thuwaibatu 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.

  • September 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thuwaibatu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thuwaibatu's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thuwaibatu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Thuwaibatu's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.