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Timotheo from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot correction.

Timotheo
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Timotheo's treatment was fully funded on August 22, 2018.

Photo of Timotheo post-operation

November 28, 2018

Timotheo underwent partial clubfoot correction.

Timotheo had two sessions of casting and manipulation as part of the initial treatment to correct clubfoot. However, the treatment could not continue after the occupational therapist saw little to no improvement and sought for the second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon. After a thorough assessment by the orthopedic surgeon, Timotheo was found to have a spine condition. Following the diagnosis, he was referred to another center for further management.

Timotheo had two sessions of casting and manipulation as part of the initial treatment to correct clubfoot. However, the treatment could not...

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July 31, 2018

Timotheo is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children, and he is almost seven years old. He is expecting to start his primary school education next year. Timotheo’s parents are subsistence farmers.

Timotheo has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Timotheo traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 7. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Timotheo’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, Timotheo will be able to walk easily.

Timotheo’s father says, “I wish I knew sooner that there is hope for my son’s treatment. I just hope that he will be okay and able to walk normal.”

Timotheo is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children, and he is almost seven years old. He is expecti...

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Timotheo's Timeline

  • July 31, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 2, 2018
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Timotheo was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 2, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Timotheo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 22, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Timotheo's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 28, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Timotheo's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Timotheo'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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