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Success! Dorcas from Kenya raised $1,224 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Dorcas
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$1,224
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$0
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Fully funded
Dorcas's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2017.

Photo of Dorcas post-operation

August 21, 2017

Dorcas underwent clubfoot treatment.

The clubfoot correction treatment was successful. This will be of great aid to Dorcas, as she will be able to walk with no limitations.

Her father says, “I wish to thank Cure Hospital and Watsi for the great support. I now have hope that my daughter will join school after healing and her future will be bright.”

The clubfoot correction treatment was successful. This will be of great aid to Dorcas, as she will be able to walk with no limitations. H...

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June 29, 2017

Dorcas is a four-year-old girl from Kenya.

Dorcas was born with clubfoot, a condition in which the feet are rotated inwards at the ankle. As a result, Dorcas’s feet knock each other when she tries to walk and she experiences severe pain due to her deformity.

Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Dorcas is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her clubfoot on July 3. Her family is requesting $1,224 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.

After her recovery, Dorcas will be able to walk, stand, and play free of pain.

“My life’s dream is to see all of my children one day become independent. I cannot afford the amount to cater for my daughter’s surgery and your help will be of great importance to her. God bless you,” her father says.

Dorcas is a four-year-old girl from Kenya. Dorcas was born with clubfoot, a condition in which the feet are rotated inwards at the ankle...

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Dorcas's Timeline

  • June 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 06, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dorcas received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital. 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.

  • August 03, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dorcas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dorcas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 27, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dorcas's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,224 for Dorcas's treatment
Hospital Fees
$273
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$179
Supplies
$395
Labs
$37
Radiology
$27
  • 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 in Kenya. 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.

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. AIC Cure International Hospital is one of the few pediatric orthopedic hospitals devoted to serving the physically disabled children of Kenya. Most parents bring their children from remote areas to seek treatment.

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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