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Success! Arahufu from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so he can run and play.

Arahufu
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$880
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Fully funded
Arahufu's treatment was fully funded on November 8, 2021.

Photo of Arahufu post-operation

November 15, 2021

Arahufu underwent corrective surgery so he can run and play.

Arahufu has had successful surgery! His surgery helped correct both his bowed legs that made walking difficult and exhausting for him. Through this surgery, Arahufu’s legs are now straight and once he recovers, Arahufu will be able to move around without pain.

Arahufu’s mother says, “You have been of great help and support to my son who has been struggling to walk. He has had both of his legs corrected, something I wouldn’t have been able to afford without your help. Thank you very much.”

Arahufu has had successful surgery! His surgery helped correct both his bowed legs that made walking difficult and exhausting for him. Throu...

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September 13, 2021

Arahufu is a two-year-old boy who loves football. He is the youngest child in a family of five children. Aruhufu’s father works as a ‘manamba’, where his job is to call passengers onto a bus at the bus stop. When he manages to fill all the sits in the bus, he is then given some money.

Arahufu was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, a condition in which his 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, he has difficulty walking and running.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Arahufu. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 14th. Treatment will hopefully restore Arahufu’s mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications.

Arahufu’s mother shared, “I can never find the money needed to cover my son’s treatment cost. I am struggling to even put food on the table. Please help him.”

Arahufu is a two-year-old boy who loves football. He is the youngest child in a family of five children. Aruhufu's father works as a ‘manamb...

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Arahufu's Timeline

  • September 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Arahufu 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.

  • September 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Arahufu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Arahufu's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Arahufu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.