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Success! Ngasungui from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so that she can walk easily.

Ngasungui
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Ngasungui's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2021.

Photo of Ngasungui post-operation

January 10, 2022

Ngasungui underwent clubfoot repair surgery so that she can walk easily.

Ngasungui treatment of manipulation and casting is going on well. This treatment is correcting both of her legs which have clubfoot. Through this treatment, Ngasungui will grow up free of treatable disability and can lead a full, active life.

Ngasungui’s mother shared, “You have been of great help in changing my child’s life which would still be the same if it wasn’t for your funding help.”

Ngasungui treatment of manipulation and casting is going on well. This treatment is correcting both of her legs which have clubfoot. Through...

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December 16, 2021

Ngasungui is a five-month-old baby girl and the youngest child in a family of five children. Her parents have five cows and five goats, and they make a living selling milk to their neighbors.

Ngasungui was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. A visiting doctor referred Ngasungai’s parents to our medical partner’s care center for treatment.

Fortunately, Ngasunguii and her parents traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. On December 17th, surgeons there will perform clubfoot repair surgery. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $935 to fund Ngasungui’s procedure and care. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and her self esteem will not be affected by her condition.

Ngasungui’s mother shared, “I pray that my child gets this treatment and everything goes well. I want her to live and grow without disability.”

Ngasungui is a five-month-old baby girl and the youngest child in a family of five children. Her parents have five cows and five goats, and ...

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Ngasungui's Timeline

  • December 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ngasungui 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.

  • December 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ngasungui's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ngasungui's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ngasungui's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Ngasungui'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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