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Success! Patrick from Tanzania raised $935 to fund a clubfoot repair surgery.

Patrick
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$935
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Fully funded
Patrick's treatment was fully funded on February 12, 2021.

Photo of Patrick post-operation

March 4, 2021

Patrick underwent a clubfoot repair surgery.

Patrick has completed his manipulation and casting treatment, which has helped correct both of his feet from his clubfoot condition. Through this treatment, his parents are relieved that Patrick will be able to grow up without disability and the challenges that often come along with it including discrimination, difficulty walking, and carrying out daily life activities.

Patrick’s mother shared, “Thank you very much and may God bless you all because without your help, we as Patrick’s parents we wouldn’t have afforded the cost and our son would have had a very difficult and challenging life due to the disability.”

Patrick has completed his manipulation and casting treatment, which has helped correct both of his feet from his clubfoot condition. Through...

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January 14, 2021

Patrick has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, and it causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. After he was born, his parents visited the nearest dispensary in their village to take him for treatment, where he was referred to a bigger hospital that would have more resources to treat him. Because Patrick’s parents are small scale farmers with minimal income, they decided to return home and save up money so that they could take him to a proper hospital to have his feet corrected.

Through a neighbor, Patrick’s parents got to know about Watsi’s Partner ALMC Plaster House and decided to come and seek treatment for Patrick. Patrick needs to start manipulation and casting, which will help correct his feet. If Patrick does not get this treatment, his learning-to-walk process will be very challenging. It will take a long time for him to be able to stand and walk, and it may be painful. He will not be able to wear normal shoes like other children, and could potentially experience discrimination due to his disability.

Fortunately, Patrick traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery and begin his treatment on January 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Patrick’s clubfoot repair. After treatment as he grows, he will be able to walk and play with ease.

Patrick’s mother shared, “We wish our son to have his feet corrected but the treatment cost is too high for us to afford. Please help our son.”

Patrick has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, and it causes difficulty walking and e...

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Patrick's Timeline

  • January 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Patrick was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Patrick 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.

  • January 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Patrick's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Patrick's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 4, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Patrick's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Patrick's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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