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Success! Nakweatoo from Tanzania raised $838 to fund knee surgery.

Nakweatoo
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$838
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Fully funded
Nakweatoo's treatment was fully funded on March 27, 2020.

Photo of Nakweatoo post-operation

April 3, 2020

Nakweatoo underwent knee surgery.

Nakweatoo had a successful surgery that has helped correct her legs that had been deformed. This happens due to excessive fluoride in the water the family uses for consumption, making walking very challenging for her. Through this treatment, Nakweatoo is able to walk with ease and no longer go through pain. She has already started her ambulation with support and her cast removal is scheduled for April 6th.

Nakweatoo’s father says, “Thank you very much for helping correct my daughter’s legs, I don’t know what we would have done if it was not for your help. Thank you very much.”

Nakweatoo had a successful surgery that has helped correct her legs that had been deformed. This happens due to excessive fluoride in the wa...

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February 20, 2020

Nakweatoo is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania. Her father has two wives, the first wife has six children and the second wife, who is a Nakweatoo’s mother, now has two children. Nakweatoo’s father is a small businessman selling food items like sugar, cooking oil, tealeaves, etc. in his small shop. Nakweatoo’s mother is a small-scale farmer with one-acre cultivating beans and maize for subsistence. Nakweatoo’s parents’ struggled a lot seeking their daughter’s treatment until they were able to get funding at our hospital three years ago where Nakweatoo received initial treatment for her right leg.

Nakweatoo was diagnosed with left genu varus and right genu valgus, where her legs bend at the knee. 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 a difficult time walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Nakweatoo for her left leg. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 25th. Treatment will hopefully restore Nakweatoo’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Nakweatoo’s father says, “We have nowhere to go and ask help for our daughter’s treatment. You helped her before, please help her again.”

Nakweatoo is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania. Her father has two wives, the first wife has six children and the second wife, who is a Nak...

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Nakweatoo's Timeline

  • February 20, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 21, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nakweatoo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 25, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nakweatoo 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.

  • March 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nakweatoo's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 3, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nakweatoo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Nakweatoo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
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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