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Success! Iyona from Tanzania raised $838 to fund treatment for knock knees.

Iyona
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Iyona's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Iyona post-operation

July 11, 2017

Iyona received treatment for knock knees.

Iyona had a successful surgery, and he is now recovering well. His right leg has been straightened, in turn giving him more mobility. Iyona will now be able to tend to his mother’s cattle and help his mother with the day-to-day household duties.

Iyona says, “I am so grateful that I will no longer experience pain while walking or herding my mother’s cattle. I will now be able to help my mother more.”

Iyona had a successful surgery, and he is now recovering well. His right leg has been straightened, in turn giving him more mobility. Iyona ...

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April 7, 2017

Iyona is a young herder from Tanzania who has been diagnosed with genu valgus, a condition in which the knees angle inward. This causes pain and difficulty when walking. Iyona began experiencing pain two years ago. His condition makes it difficult for him to carry out day-to-day activities, especially tending to his mother’s cattle. With treatment, however, Iyona should be able to walk without pain and continue herding his mother’s livestock.

Iyona is the fourth out of six children. He did not attend school for formal education, and instead spent most of his childhood herding. His mother is a widow who is currently putting two of Iyona’s siblings through school. She needs help to pay for Iyona’s $838 orthopedic surgery, which is scheduled for April 11.

Iyona says, “I would really like to keep helping my mother raise my siblings, but I cannot do much. I mostly sit or sleep these days because it is painful when I walk. I request your assistance.”

Iyona is a young herder from Tanzania who has been diagnosed with genu valgus, a condition in which the knees angle inward. This causes pain...

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Iyona's Timeline

  • April 7, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Iyona was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 7, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Iyona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Iyona 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.

  • July 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Iyona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Iyona's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Iyona'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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