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Success! Isaya from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so she can walk and play easily.

Isaya
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$880
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Fully funded
Isaya's treatment was fully funded on January 11, 2022.

Photo of Isaya post-operation

February 22, 2022

Isaya underwent corrective surgery so she can walk and play easily.

Isaya’s surgery was a success!

Her medical team corrected and straighten both of Isaya’s legs, which were impacted as a result of a condition commonly caused by contaminated drinking water. Isaya had a full cast on both legs for multiple weeks after surgery, and has since had them removed and has started moving around again. After making a full recovery, Isaya will now be able to grow up walking, running, and playing like other children. We love her bright smile!

Isaya’s caretaker shared, “Thank you for coming in and helping her. She was struggling a lot to walk.’

Isaya's surgery was a success! Her medical team corrected and straighten both of Isaya's legs, which were impacted as a result of a cond...

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December 9, 2021

Isaya is a sweet toddler who is now 3-years-old and comes from a large family. Isaya’s family are nomadic pastoralists and depend on livestock, keeping cows, sheep, and goats.

Isaya was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, a condition in which her legs bend so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Isaya has difficulty walking or running like other children.

On December 10th, Isaya will undergo corrective surgery at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Treatment will restore Isaya’s mobility, allowing her to participate in various activities and significantly decrease her risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to fund her surgery.

Isaya’s pastor shared, “Please help her, as her parents can never afford the treatment cost by themselves.”

Isaya is a sweet toddler who is now 3-years-old and comes from a large family. Isaya’s family are nomadic pastoralists and depend on livesto...

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Isaya's Timeline

  • December 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Isaya 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 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Isaya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Isaya's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Isaya's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Isaya's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.