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Success! Gladness from Tanzania raised $838 to fund orthopedic surgery.

Gladness
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$838
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$0
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Fully funded
Gladness's treatment was fully funded on January 4, 2019.

Photo of Gladness post-operation

December 7, 2018

Gladness underwent orthopedic surgery.

Gladness surgery went well and she was able to have her legs straightened. Now she is in full casts as she recovers.

Gladness’s mother says, “Without your help, I would not have been able to treat my daughter and save her from all the pain and difficulty she was going through. Thank you very much.”

Gladness surgery went well and she was able to have her legs straightened. Now she is in full casts as she recovers. Gladness’s mother s...

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November 1, 2018

Gladness is a toddler from Tanzania. Her mother is a single parent, and Gladness is her only child.

Gladness has been diagnosed with genu valgus. This means that her legs bend inwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Gladness cannot walk or play like other kids her age.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Gladness. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 2. Treatment will hopefully restore Gladness’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Gladness’s mother says, “Please help me treat my daughter.”

Gladness is a toddler from Tanzania. Her mother is a single parent, and Gladness is her only child. Gladness has been diagnosed with genu...

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Gladness's Timeline

  • November 1, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 02, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gladness 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.

  • November 04, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gladness's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 07, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gladness's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 04, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gladness's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

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