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Success! Zawadi from Tanzania raised $880 to fund leg surgery so she can walk and play.

Zawadi
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Zawadi's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Zawadi post-operation

March 3, 2022

Zawadi underwent leg surgery so she can walk and play.

Zawadi’s surgery was a success! Zawadi’s surgery has helped correct both of her legs, which had a condition that made walking very challenging for her. Zawadi’s legs are now straight, and will remain fully casted, while she heals on bed rest. Through this surgery, Zawadi will now walk with ease, and be able to run and play like other children.

Zawadi’s mother shared: “I am grateful for your help and support. My daughter has had both of her legs corrected. Thank you.”

Zawadi's surgery was a success! Zawadi's surgery has helped correct both of her legs, which had a condition that made walking very challengi...

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January 12, 2022

Zawadi is a three-year-old and the first-born child of her mother who has two children. Both parents are small-scale farmers with very little income. Zawadi’s father wishes her daughter to be treated so that she can walk and run as she grows just like other children.

Zawadi was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, where her legs bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Zawadi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 13th. Treatment will hopefully restore Zawadi’s mobility, allow her to participate in more of the activities she wants to try, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Zawadi’s father says: “I wish to see my daughter walking normally like other children.”

Zawadi is a three-year-old and the first-born child of her mother who has two children. Both parents are small-scale farmers with very littl...

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Zawadi's Timeline

  • January 12, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 13, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zawadi 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.

  • January 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zawadi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zawadi's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zawadi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Zawadi'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.