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

Mohamed
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$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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Hla is a 41-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in a village in Kawkareik Township of Karen State in Burma. One year ago, Hla felt a painless growth when she touched her lower abdomen. That same day, she went to see a traditional birth attendant (TBA) about this. The TBA told her that she has a gastric problem. The next day, Hla went to see a traditional healer and received blessed water in the hopes it would make the growth disappear. Although she drank the blessed water for around two months, the growth remained. As she did not think that the growth would make her seriously ill, she did not go to a clinic. In January 2020, Hla felt like the growth was increasing in size. She decided to visit Kawkareik Private Clinic where the doctor performed an ultrasound. She was told that she has a mass in her uterus. The doctor provided her with painkillers and was told to only take it when she is in pain. Currently, Hla suffers from back pain and the mass increases in size day by day. Doctors want Hla to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Hla's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 14th. Hla said, “I feel very stressed that I don’t have money to seek treatment. I hope that I will get better once I receive proper treatment.”

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$53raised
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