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Success! Navin from Tanzania raised $880 to fund life-changing leg surgery.

Navin
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Navin's treatment was fully funded on February 5, 2022.

Photo of Navin post-operation

March 14, 2022

Navin underwent life-changing leg surgery.

Navin has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs from his condition that was making walking hard for him. Navin’s legs are now straight and have been prevented from being further impacted, helping him to lead a healthier, happier childhood as he grows. Navin’s brother also underwent treatment and is doing well too!

Navin’s mother told us: “Thank you for your kindness, help, and support. Helping both of my children have their legs corrected is a blessing. God bless you all.”

Navin has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs from his condition that was making walking hard for him. Navin’s...

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January 10, 2022

Navin is a sweet 22-month-old boy. His family shared that he is very charming and also has a twin brother. Navin’s father works as a phone repair person while the mother is a housewife. Over the December holidays, Navin’s mother visited her parents in Arusha and when his grandparents saw how impacted his legs were, they advised Navin’s parents to seek treatment for the twins.

Navin has been diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, meaning both of his legs bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Navin has a challenging time walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Navin. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 11th. Treatment will hopefully restore Navin’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Navin’s mother says: “Please help my children they are struggling to walk and their legs keep worsening.”

Navin is a sweet 22-month-old boy. His family shared that he is very charming and also has a twin brother. Navin's father works as a phone r...

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Navin's Timeline

  • January 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Navin 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.

  • January 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Navin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Navin's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Navin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Navin'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.