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Success! Dorcus from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot repair.

Dorcus
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Dorcus's treatment was fully funded on August 8, 2018.

Photo of Dorcus post-operation

July 11, 2018

Dorcus underwent clubfoot repair.

Dorcus is doing well. She currently has casts on her left leg, and she will continue with casting and manipulation for a few more weeks. She will be able to walk, play, and go to school when she grows up without being in pain or discomfort.

Dorcus’s mother says, “I am grateful and happy. I cannot wait to see my daughter grow into a happy and confident child. Thank you so much.”

Dorcus is doing well. She currently has casts on her left leg, and she will continue with casting and manipulation for a few more weeks. She...

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June 7, 2018

Dorcus is a baby from Tanzania. She is the third child to her single mother.

Dorcus has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Dorcus traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 8. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Dorcus’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily as she grows.

Dorcus’s mother says, “I will be so happy to see my daughter walk without being in pain or discomfort. Thank you so much for helping me treat her.”

Dorcus is a baby from Tanzania. She is the third child to her single mother. Dorcus has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condit...

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Dorcus's Timeline

  • June 7, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 08, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dorcus 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 27, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dorcus's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dorcus's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dorcus's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Dorcus's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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