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Success! Tarik from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot surgery.

Tarik
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tarik's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2021.
July 10, 2021

Tarik is four-month-old baby boy and the youngest in a family of four children. Tarik’s parents are small scale farmers and grow food mainly for their own family’s consumption.

Tarik was born with congenital clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes as he grows up.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Tarik receive treatment. His family visited AMH’s care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 13th and now, they need help to fund the $935 procedure. After treatment, Tarik will be able to grow up with a full life ahead!

Tarik’s mother shared, “it is through God’s blessings and people’s support that my baby has made it this far. He needs to start treatment for his legs. Please help correct by baby’s disability so that he can grow up like other children.”

Tarik is four-month-old baby boy and the youngest in a family of four children. Tarik’s parents are small scale farmers and grow food mainly...

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Tarik's Timeline

  • July 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 13, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Tarik was scheduled to receive 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.

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tarik's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tarik's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Tarik's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Tarik's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.