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Success! Margaret from Kenya raised $1,286 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so she can walk easily.

Margaret
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  • $1,286 raised, $0 to go
$1,286
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Margaret's treatment was fully funded on June 7, 2022.

Photo of Margaret post-operation

June 13, 2022

Margaret underwent clubfoot repair surgery so she can walk easily.

Margaret’s surgery was a success! Because of this procedure, she will be able to walk long distances on her own. Her mother was overjoyed and shared, “I am very grateful to see my daughter’s condition has been treated well. She will be able to continue with her education and not be sitting in a wheelchair!”

Margaret's surgery was a success! Because of this procedure, she will be able to walk long distances on her own. Her mother was overjoyed an...

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March 22, 2022

Margaret is a humble and quiet 13-year-old student, and the youngest child of three children in her family. She enjoys school, and reading in particular. Her mother works as a casual laborer at a flower farm in the area, and she is separated from Margaret’s father.

Margaret has clubfoot of both feet, a condition in which her feet are twisted out of shape. This causes her difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Margaret receive treatment. On April 11th, she will undergo clubfoot repair surgery at AMH’s care center. After treatment, she will no longer use a wheelchair while in school, and she will be able to walk on her own. Now, Margaret and her family need help raising $1,286 to fund Margaret’s procedure and care.

Margaret’s mother shared, “I will not be able to afford the estimated hospital bill despite my love for my daughter and my wish to see her walking on her feet. I request help for my daughter to undergo surgery and resume her normal life.”

Margaret is a humble and quiet 13-year-old student, and the youngest child of three children in her family. She enjoys school, and reading i...

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Margaret's Timeline

  • March 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Margaret was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Margaret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Margaret received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital in Kenya. 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 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Margaret's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Margaret's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,286 for Margaret's treatment
Hospital Fees
$273
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$179
Supplies
$396
Labs
$37
Radiology
$27
Other
$61
  • 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 in Kenya. 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.

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. AIC Cure International Hospital is one of the few pediatric orthopedic hospitals devoted to serving the physically disabled children of Kenya. Most parents bring their children from remote areas to seek treatment.

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.