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

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

Photo of Felis post-operation

July 5, 2018

Felis underwent clubfoot repair.

He currently has casts on. He will soon be able to walk, play, and run without being in pain or discomfort.

Felis says, “I cannot wait to go back to school and show my friends how my leg will look after treatment. I will also start playing football with my classmates, I am so excited.”

He currently has casts on. He will soon be able to walk, play, and run without being in pain or discomfort. Felis says, “I cannot wait to...

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June 15, 2018

Felis is a student from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of three kids. He is currently in first grade and loves to play football with the other kids. Felis’s parents are both subsistence farmers.

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

Fortunately, Felis traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Felis’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and play football without pain.

Felis’s father says, “Please help my son get treatment, I would love to see him walk well and play with other kids without pain or discomfort.”

Felis is a student from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of three kids. He is currently in first grade and loves to play football...

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Felis's Timeline

  • June 15, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 17, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Felis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Felis 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.

  • July 05, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Felis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Felis's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

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