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Success! Baby Agata from Tanzania raised $1,160 to fund treatment to help her walk.

Baby Agata
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Fully funded
Baby Agata's treatment was fully funded on April 9, 2017.

Photo of Baby Agata post-operation

March 10, 2017

Baby Agata received treatment to help her walk.

After the clubfoot manipulation and casting, Baby Agata’s feet are beginning to straighten. This means that she will be able to walk normally as she grows.

Her mother says, “I am happy that my child will be able to walk like other children.”

After the clubfoot manipulation and casting, Baby Agata's feet are beginning to straighten. This means that she will be able to walk normall...

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January 18, 2017

Baby Agata is a seven-day-old girl and the second child to her mother and father. She lives in Tanzania.

When Baby Agata was born, her parents noticed that her feet were turning inwards. Baby Agata was diagnosed with bilateral clubfoot, which means her feet are twisted. Without treatment, she may never be able to walk or wear shoes.

Fortunately, she will undergo surgery on January 19. The surgery, which will fix her feet and enable her to walk normally, costs $1,160.

Baby Agata’s mother is not formally employed, and her father earns a small income working as a motorbike driver. They cannot afford this treatment.

“We hope,” expressed Baby Agata’s father, “that our child will be able to walk well and go to school after treatment.”

Baby Agata is a seven-day-old girl and the second child to her mother and father. She lives in Tanzania. When Baby Agata was born, her pa...

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Baby Agata's Timeline

  • January 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Baby Agata's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Baby Agata 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.

  • March 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Baby Agata's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 9, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Baby Agata's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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