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Faraja from Tanzania raised $940 so she can walk normally.

Faraja
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  • $940 raised, $0 to go
$940
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$0
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Fully funded
Faraja's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2015.

Photo of Faraja post-operation

November 11, 2015

Faraja received corrective surgery for her knocked knees.

After several unexpected treatment delays, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares that Faraja underwent successful surgery.

“Her surgery went well and we expect her legs to be fully casted in two weeks time,” AMHF says.

As part of her treatment, Faraja will also spend three months at Plaster House–a specialized pediatric rehabilitation program.

While at Plaster House, Faraja will work closely with physiotherapists who will help her regain strength. AMHF explains that this program, “will allow Faraja to walk properly, interact with other children, and have a reduced risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age.”

“We thank God that our daughter had the surgery done and she is doing very well,” Faraja’s mother shares. “She is happy and eager to get well. We are very thankful for the huge financial support; our daughter will go back to school when she is physically able. Thank you!”

After several unexpected treatment delays, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares that Faraja underwent s...

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May 27, 2015

“Faraja used to have straight legs and was able to walk and run without any problems,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “But at the age of three, her legs gradually started to bow inwards making it difficult for her to walk. There was a time when Faraja could not even stand up because her legs were too weak.”

“She can now stand up, but due to severe bowing of both legs, Faraja walks with difficulty and she is extra short compared to her age mates,” AMHF continues. “Her physical abnormality is affecting her self-esteem as now Faraja doesn’t like to socialize with other children.”

9-year-old Faraja is a girl from Tanzania. She is a primary school student, and the fourth born of six siblings. Faraja has been diagnosed with genu valgum, or knock-knees. This is thought to be caused by fluorosis, or an excessive accumulation of fluoride, which is common in areas with high concentrations of fluoride in drinking water.

Faraja’s parents are small scale farmers, and are unable to afford the $940 surgery that Faraja needs to walk normally.

“Education is the best inheritance we can give to our daughter. We pray that her legs can be straightened so that she can walk properly and have the ability to walk a long distance to school,” her parents tell us.

"Faraja used to have straight legs and was able to walk and run without any problems," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare ...

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Faraja's Timeline

  • May 27, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Faraja was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Faraja's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 1, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Faraja's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 12, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Faraja received treatment. 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 11, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Faraja. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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