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Success! Hamisi from Tanzania raised $935 to fund a clubfoot repair surgery.

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Hamisi's treatment was fully funded on January 30, 2021.

Photo of Hamisi post-operation

February 15, 2021

Hamisi underwent a clubfoot repair surgery.

Hamisi is currently completing clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting, which is helping correct his feet that he was born with being wrongly positioned. He’s currently on his third cast change and his feet are scoring well, which means he’s making good progress!

Through this treatment, Hamisi will be able to grow up as a healthy child without the challenges that would have come along if untreated. As he grows, he’ll now learn how to stand and walk like other children, be able to wear normal shoes and live without being discriminated due to disability.

Hamisi’s mother says, “Thank you very much for helping fund and correcting my son’s feet, God bless you abundantly.”

Hamisi is currently completing clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting, which is helping correct his feet that he was born with being...

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January 4, 2021

Hamisi is a four-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is the last born child in a family of four children. Hamisi’s parents are subsistence farmers who depend entirely on what they harvest for their food and living. Their income is very limited, since they have to sell some of their harvests in order to be able to buy other basic commodities and support their family.

Hamisi was born with clubfoot of both of his feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty with walking, playing, and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Hamisi traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 5th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Hamisi’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily, wear shoes, and go about normal life when he grows up.

Hamisi’s mother shared, “Living with a disability comes with a lot of hardship, which is not something I would like my son to go through. Please help correct his feet.”

Hamisi is a four-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is the last born child in a family of four children. Hamisi’s parents are subsistence farm...

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Hamisi's Timeline

  • January 4, 2021

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

  • January 5, 2021

    Hamisi 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.

  • January 6, 2021

    Hamisi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 30, 2021

    Hamisi's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 15, 2021

    Hamisi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Hamisi's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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