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Steven from Tanzania raised $555 for an osteotomy so he can walk without pain.

Steven
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Steven's treatment was fully funded on September 5, 2014.

Photo of Steven post-operation

February 12, 2015

Steven received surgery so he can walk without pain and become a pilot one day.

“Steven’s corrective surgery of the limbs was a success,” our medical partner writes. “He still has a few more weeks in long leg casts followed by physiotherapy. When he is fully recovered, Steven will have much better gait and reduced chance of developing early osteoarthritis.”

“Just from the look at how straight the casts on my legs are, I have no doubt that I will be able to walk without knocking my knees,” says Steven. “I trust that I will manage to do much more when I can walk properly and I am very thankful.”

"Steven’s corrective surgery of the limbs was a success," our medical partner writes. "He still has a few more weeks in long leg casts follo...

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July 24, 2014

“I don’t know if my wish will ever come true, but I wish to become a pilot one day,” says 18-year-old Steven from Tanzania.

The second born of six children, Steven lives with his siblings and parents who work as small-scale farmers growing corn, beans and sunflowers. Although Steven completed his primary education, his parents couldn’t afford for him to continue with his secondary education. Now Steven works hard at a local garage helping fix motorcycles. He is saving the money he earns from the garage to go back to school.

Despite his determined spirit, Steven faces daily challenges caused by a medical condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, writes, “Steven was born with severe bilateral genu valgus and a bowing femur, an abnormal bone deformity of the tibia and femur which cause his legs to bow out. It is impossible for Steven to walk without knocking his knees. His gait is tremendously affected and the pain in his knees makes it difficult for him to accomplish his daily activities. Steven will develop early osteoarthritis if not treated.”

For $555, Steven will receive a bilateral distal femoral osteotomy, a procedure that cuts through the femur to correct its relationship to the hips. Currently the money Steven’s parents make isn’t enough to support the family and the cost of surgery.

Let’s raise the funds to pay for Steven’s procedure and support his dream of becoming a pilot!

“I don’t know if my wish will ever come true, but I wish to become a pilot one day,” says 18-year-old Steven from Tanzania. The second b...

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Steven's Timeline

  • July 24, 2014
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Steven was submitted by Esupat Kimirei at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 25, 2014
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Steven received treatment. 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 31, 2014
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Steven's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 5, 2014
    FULLY FUNDED

    Steven's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Steven. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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Eudia is a farmer and a 45-year-old single mother of two children. Her youngest just completed primary school and will be joining college next year while her daughter is in senior year three. Eudia earns a living through growing and selling onions, tomatoes, and eggplants. The income she generates enables her to cater to her needs and those of her parents as they live together. Eudia enjoys singing in the church choir. For a year now, Eudia has been experiencing abnormal bleeding, persistent backaches, generalized body weakness. She tried seeking medical treatment at a different healthcare center where they treated her for urinary tract infection. The treatment was not a success so they referred her to our medical partner's care center Nyakibale Hospital. At Nyakibale, she was examined with a scan and tests and has been diagnosed with a large uterine fibroid. Treatment will aid in the prevention of complications like anemia and the fibroid turning into cancer. Eudia is in need of treatment but is not financially able to finance it so she is requesting financial assistance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Eudia's surgery. On January 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Eudia will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Eudia shared: “I am the sole provider for my family. My family needs me. I hope I will be able to regain my health and continue to support my family.”

11% funded

11%funded
$25raised
$194to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Eudia

Eudia is a farmer and a 45-year-old single mother of two children. Her youngest just completed primary school and will be joining college next year while her daughter is in senior year three. Eudia earns a living through growing and selling onions, tomatoes, and eggplants. The income she generates enables her to cater to her needs and those of her parents as they live together. Eudia enjoys singing in the church choir. For a year now, Eudia has been experiencing abnormal bleeding, persistent backaches, generalized body weakness. She tried seeking medical treatment at a different healthcare center where they treated her for urinary tract infection. The treatment was not a success so they referred her to our medical partner's care center Nyakibale Hospital. At Nyakibale, she was examined with a scan and tests and has been diagnosed with a large uterine fibroid. Treatment will aid in the prevention of complications like anemia and the fibroid turning into cancer. Eudia is in need of treatment but is not financially able to finance it so she is requesting financial assistance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Eudia's surgery. On January 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Eudia will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Eudia shared: “I am the sole provider for my family. My family needs me. I hope I will be able to regain my health and continue to support my family.”

11% funded

11%funded
$25raised
$194to go