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Success! Mohamed from Tanzania raised $838 to fund surgery to treat his knock knees.

Mohamed
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
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$0
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Fully funded
Mohamed's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Mohamed post-operation

October 18, 2017

Mohamed underwent surgery to treat his knock knees.

Mohamed’s legs are now straightening. He will be able to move without pain, and this will help him to attend school, play, and help out with home activities.

Mohamed’s guardian says, “We are very thankful that Mohamed got treatment, we pray to God that those who contributed to Mohamed’s treatment continue to be blessed and help others too who have various medical conditions to receive treatment.”

Mohamed’s legs are now straightening. He will be able to move without pain, and this will help him to attend school, play, and help out with...

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August 16, 2017

Mohamed is a three-year-old boy Tanzania. He loves giving hugs to people and is often laughing and playing around. He loves to learn and is always sounding out words, counting, and finding out how things work.

Mohamed has genu varus, commonly called “knock-knees.” This is a condition in which the knees angle in and touch each other when the legs are straightened. For this reason, Mohamed finds it difficult to walk. He makes his best effort to get around, but he tires quickly and ends up sitting most of the day.

Mohamed needs treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery, scheduled for August 18.

If not treated, Mohamed will continue to experience pain and tiredness when walking or running. This will prevent him from playing and attending school. However, with this surgery, the hope is that he will be able to walk, run, and play with his friends.

“Mohammed is a bright young boy with the world at his fingertips. My hope is that he will have it within his grasp when he receives his surgery,” says Mohamed’s caretaker.

Mohamed is a three-year-old boy Tanzania. He loves giving hugs to people and is often laughing and playing around. He loves to learn and is ...

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Mohamed's Timeline

  • August 16, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mohamed was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • August 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mohamed received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • October 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mohamed's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 18, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mohamed's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mohamed's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Mohamed'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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Nelson

Nelson is a small business owner from Kenya and a father of four children aged between 1 and 16 years. He operates a butchery in Komarock where he has employed someone to help him after the accident. The wife and children are currently living with his parents in Muranga. His wife is not in any employment and their family solely depends on his business. Nelson lives in a rental house in Komarock and his earnings are not sufficient to meet the cost of living and pay for his surgery. In 2017 Nelson was involved in a road traffic accident in Komarock as he was coming from work. He was rushed to KNH hospital where he underwent surgery. Later his surgical site got an infection and a plan for nail placement to help his fracture was agreed on. He went to St Peter’s Uthiru in 2018 where he underwent the surgery and it was successful. He didn’t heal well so he came to Kijabe Hosopital for clinic where he was booked for surgery. He underwent a 1st stage and 2nd stage bone transport in 2019 and this was funded by the national health insurance fund. Currently, he has an infection and is due for urgent debridement and washout to ensure he can heal. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Nelson receive treatment. On June 3rd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure. If not treated, Nelson will be at risk of further wound infection that could lead to amputation. Now, Nelson needs help to fund this $1,242 procedure. ‘I will be happy to go back to work being the sole breadwinner of our family.’ Nelson said.

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$936raised
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