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Success! Amani from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Amani
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Amani's treatment was fully funded on August 29, 2020.

Photo of Amani post-operation

September 9, 2020

Amani underwent clubfoot treatment.

Amani’s clubfoot manipulation and casting treatment is going well! He is currently on his second cast change for his feet and they are showing great improvement. Through this treatment, Amani is going to have normally positioned feet, which will help him learn to walk with ease and be able to lead a normal life free of discrimination due to disability.

Amani’s mother says, “If it was not for your help and support we would not have afforded our son’s treatment cost. Now we have hope that our son will be able to walk like other children when the time comes for him to learn to walk. Thank you very much.”

Amani’s clubfoot manipulation and casting treatment is going well! He is currently on his second cast change for his feet and they are showi...

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August 10, 2020

Amani is five-month-old boy from Tanzania who is already very active. Amani is the only child to his young parents who are very happy to have a new member in their family. Both parents depend on small-scale farming for a living.

Amani has clubfoot of both her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Amani traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Amani’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to wear shoes and walk easily.

Amani’s mother told us, “We wouldn’t want to see our baby grow up with disability which can be treated but the cost is expensive for us please help us.”

Amani is five-month-old boy from Tanzania who is already very active. Amani is the only child to his young parents who are very happy to hav...

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Amani's Timeline

  • August 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Amani was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • August 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Amani 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.

  • August 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Amani's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 29, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Amani's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Amani's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

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

Pendo is a twenty-one-year-old mother from Tanzania. She has two children aged two and a half years and one and a half years. In 2018, Pendo was involved in a fire accident. She had boiled water to give her two children warm baths. As she was bathing the youngest child close to the fire, she had an epileptic attack and fell down on the fire, leaving her unconscious and her right hand burned badly. Her firstborn child ran for help, and the neighbors rushed her to the hospital. There, Pendo had her burns cleaned and was advised to have them regularly dressed to help the wounds heal. However, after returning home, she never came back for more dressings due to financial challenges. Pendo sought treatment via herbal medicines instead, and her healing process was very slow. Eventually, Pendo's parents came to help take care of her and her children. She heard about our medical partner's care center from them, and sought treatment to correct her hand. Through Watsi donor support, Pendo was able to successfully undergo treatment to have her wrist contractures released and pins inserted in her hand. Because of how her wounds are healing, doctors recommend she have another surgery to help cover up her post-surgical wound with a skin graft. Pendo appeals for financial help for the care she needs. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Pendo receive treatment. On January 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a split-thickness skin graft burn surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to use her hand much more easily and return to taking care of her children. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Pendo shared, “My hand is now much better than before, though this wound is not healing well. This surgery will help in my healing, but I cannot afford it so I appreciate any help you can provide."

57% funded

57%funded
$503raised
$371to go

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