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

Gracious
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Gracious's treatment was fully funded on February 26, 2020.

Photo of Gracious post-operation

March 3, 2020

Gracious underwent clubfoot repair.

Gracious is doing well with manipulation and casting treatment that is helping correct both of her clubfeet. This gives her a chance to walk normally when she is grown up and saves her from difficulty walking and discrimination due to disability.

Gracious’ mother says, “Thank you very much for treating my daughter and giving her the chance to walk normally when she is all grown up.”

Gracious is doing well with manipulation and casting treatment that is helping correct both of her clubfeet. This gives her a chance to walk...

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February 13, 2020

Gracious is a one-month-old infant from Tanzania. Gracious is a first-born child to her young parents. Both Gracious’ parents are not permanently employed yet, but they are working as casual laborers. Her father works as a school bus driver and her mother is a teacher who teaches extra classes outside of school hours.

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

Fortunately, Gracious traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Gracious’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when she is older.

Gracious’ parents say, “Please help us get our daughter this treatment so that she may be able to walk well when she grows up.”

Gracious is a one-month-old infant from Tanzania. Gracious is a first-born child to her young parents. Both Gracious' parents are not perman...

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Gracious's Timeline

  • February 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 17, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gracious's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gracious 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.

  • February 26, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gracious's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 3, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gracious's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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

Bitambaki is a 75-year-old man and a father of five children. Bitambaki shared with us that he did not proceed past Class 6 in school, as he lost his parents when he was young. Currently, he tends to his small banana and coffee plantation to make ends meet. For two years, Bitambaki has struggled with a right inguinal hernia which he has been managing with pain medication. He feels pain from the swell especially when he bends or strains his muscles. He also experiences a burning sensation when passing urine. When his pain became more severe, Bitambaki was advised to visit Nyakibale Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with a hernia and recommended he undergo repair surgery. The surgery would reduce the chances of complications, such as a strangulated hernia. However, he is not able to meet the cost of his care, especially as he has not been working due to his condition. Bitambaki appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Bitambaki's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently, and return to full mobility without pain. Bitambaki shared, “I first had a similar swelling on my left side of my inguinal region. After an operation, I was fine. I hope that after this operation, I will have my health restored and can continue with farming.”

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