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Success! Enock from Tanzania raised $838 to fund corrective surgery.

Enock
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Enock's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Enock post-operation

January 23, 2018

Enock underwent corrective surgery.

Enock is currently doing well. He is on bed rest with casts on both legs to allow healing and straightening of his legs. Enock will start walking soon without pain or discomfort and be able to play, run, and go to school.

Enock says, “I will now be able to play football, I cannot wait to start school with my friends.”

Enock is currently doing well. He is on bed rest with casts on both legs to allow healing and straightening of his legs. Enock will start wa...

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December 20, 2017

Enock is a child from Tanzania. He loves playing with his friends. Enock’s father keeps livestock, and his mother is a stay-at-home mother.

Enock was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His legs are bent inwards, causing his knees to 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, Enock cannot walk well.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Enock. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 22. Treatment will hopefully restore Enock’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Enock says, “Thank you for helping me get this treatment, God bless you all.”

Enock is a child from Tanzania. He loves playing with his friends. Enock’s father keeps livestock, and his mother is a stay-at-home mother. ...

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Enock's Timeline

  • December 20, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Enock was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • December 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Enock's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 02, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Enock received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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 23, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Enock's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Enock's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Enock's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
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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