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Success! Paulo from Tanzania raised $880 to fund a treatment for his knee condition.

Paulo
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$880
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Paulo's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2021.

Photo of Paulo post-operation

July 19, 2021

Paulo underwent life-changing treatment for his knee condition.

Paulo had a successful surgery which has helped correct both of his legs which were making walking painful and difficult for him. Through this surgery, Paulo’s legs are now straighter and has been put in a full cast that is non-weight bearing. He will be starting walking later in July and have the cast removed by the end of the month. After full recovery, Paulo will be able to walk well like other children and lead a full life.

Paulo’s father says, “We are very grateful for giving my son a chance to have his legs corrected through you funding help. If it was not for your help, he would still be struggling to walk. God bless you all.”

Paulo had a successful surgery which has helped correct both of his legs which were making walking painful and difficult for him. Through th...

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June 9, 2021

Paulo is a 5-year-old boy boy and the third born in a family of five siblings. He is yet to start formal schooling and his father has been taking him out with him grazing their cattle. His parents are livestock keepers from a pastoralist community.

Paulo was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, or knock knees. His parents noted that he would complain of fatigue after walking for a shorter distance. They also started noting changes in how his legs looked, as they started bowing inward so his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Paulo is not able to sustain lengthy walks. His relative referred them to a local dispensary providing health services, where a team from Watsi’s medical partner’s care center was conducting outreach. Paulo was reviewed and had surgery recommended to heal his condition. However, his family is not able to raise the cost of surgery required and thus appeals for help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Paulo. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Paulo’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Paulo’s father shared, “Please help my son; his legs are really bad and we cannot afford the treatment cost. Thank you for your support.”

Paulo is a 5-year-old boy boy and the third born in a family of five siblings. He is yet to start formal schooling and his father has been t...

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Paulo's Timeline

  • June 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Paulo was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Paulo received 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.

  • June 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paulo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Paulo's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Paulo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Paulo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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