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Success! Saitoti Lekishon from Tanzania raised $1,160 for corrective surgery to help him walk.

Saitoti Lekishon
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Fully funded
Saitoti Lekishon's treatment was fully funded on June 7, 2016.

Photo of Saitoti Lekishon post-operation

July 18, 2016

Saitoti Lekishon received successful corrective surgery.

Saitoti is progressing well with his clubfoot treatment. He will be able to walk with a normal gait when his treatment is finished, and this will change his life.

“I already see an improvement,” Saitoti’s father shared after his surgery. “This makes me very happy.”

Saitoti is progressing well with his clubfoot treatment. He will be able to walk with a normal gait when his treatment is finished, and this...

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May 20, 2016

Saitoti is a four-year-old boy who lives with his parents and siblings in Tanzania. He is the fifth born of seven children to his parents, who are subsistence farmers.

Saitoti was born with congenital club feet, a condition in which his feet are twisted out of shape or position. This causes him difficulty walking long distances, and his parents worry that he will not be able to attend school with his siblings as a result.

Saitoti’s parents did not know that it was possible to seek treatment for their son’s condition, and so they never did until a pastor from their village referred them to Watsi’s medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

While his parents cannot afford the treatment that Saitoti requires, we can help fund the $1,160 procedure to re-position his feet. This amount includes plaster casting and surgery to straighten the feet, in addition to a four month stay at the Plaster House, a facility in Tanzania that cares for children recovering from corrective surgery.

“I would like my son to be able to walk normally,” says Saitoti’s mother. Let’s help them fund their son’s surgery so he can attend school with his siblings one day!

Saitoti is a four-year-old boy who lives with his parents and siblings in Tanzania. He is the fifth born of seven children to his parents, ...

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Saitoti Lekishon's Timeline

  • May 20, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saitoti Lekishon was submitted by Sarah Rejman, Rehab Surgery Project Program Director at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • May 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saitoti Lekishon 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.

  • June 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saitoti Lekishon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 07, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saitoti Lekishon's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 18, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saitoti Lekishon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The foot is turned inward, often severely, at the ankle, and the arch of the foot is very high. Patients experience discomfort, and the affected leg may be shorter and smaller than the other.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

These children have a difficult time walking and running. Years of trying to walk on a clubfoot will cause wounds and other skeletal problems, such as arthritis. Patients will have difficulty fitting in shoes and participating in normal play, school, and daily activities. Many Africans make their livings through manual labor, which can be difficult with an untreated clubfoot.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Incidence is 1/1,000 live births, or about 1,600 cases in Tanzania annually. This is roughly similar to rates in Western countries, though many cases may be missed. There is no known reason for its occurrence in this region.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients will undergo a series of small operations, casting, and manipulations during their course of treatment. Patients will stay in the Plaster House, a rehabilitation center for children in Tanzania, for as long as their recovery takes.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joint will become aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Clubfoot is very treatable. The surgery is minor and not risky.

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. If not treated, the condition will persist and will result in disability.

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