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Success! Ibrahim from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so he can walk well.

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Ibrahim's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2023.

Photo of Ibrahim post-operation

February 7, 2023

Ibrahim underwent corrective surgery so he can walk well.

Ibrahim has had a successful surgery on both of his legs. The surgery is intended to help correct his bowed legs and he is now resting in bed with a cast for six weeks. He will be going for a check-up with his doctor to assess his healing progress. After his bed rest period, he will start walking to help him gain full mobility. This treatment will help him walk with ease, and he will enjoy playing with his friends.

Ibrahim’s mother says, “I am hopeful that my son won’t have to live with the disability, thanks to you.”

Ibrahim has had a successful surgery on both of his legs. The surgery is intended to help correct his bowed legs and he is now resting in be...

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January 5, 2023

Ibrahim is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He comes from a big family and he is the fourth born child. His father works as a bodaboda driver. His mother used to work at a market selling produce, but now stays at home taking care of the couple’s youngest child, who is an infant.

Ibrahim has been diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, which means that his legs bow outward so that his knees do not 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 of his condition, Ibrahim has difficulty walking.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On January 6th, Ibrahim will undergo corrective surgery at AMH’s care center. Treatment will hopefully restore Ibrahim’s mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Now, he and his family need help raising $880 to fund his procedure and care.

Ibrahim’s mother shared, “I pray that my son does not grow with this disability because it keeps getting worse as he grows.”

Ibrahim is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He comes from a big family and he is the fourth born child. His father works as a bodaboda dr...

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Ibrahim's Timeline

  • January 5, 2023

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

  • January 6, 2023

    Ibrahim 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 9, 2023

    Ibrahim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 1, 2023

    Ibrahim's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 7, 2023

    Ibrahim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Ibrahim's treatment
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  • 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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