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Success! Mobimba from Tanzania raised $1,160 for clubfoot treatment to help him walk.

Mobimba
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  • $1,160 raised, $0 to go
$1,160
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$0
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Fully funded
Mobimba's treatment was fully funded on May 10, 2016.

Photo of Mobimba post-operation

June 25, 2016

Mobimba received treatment to help him walk.

For his whole life, Mobimba had been disabled by his club feet. After successful treatment, Mobimba is now progressing well and is expected to recover fully. He will be able to walk further distances with a much more functional gait.

Mobimba shares, “I really hope to attend school when I am back home after my treatment.”

For his whole life, Mobimba had been disabled by his club feet. After successful treatment, Mobimba is now progressing well and is expected ...

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May 2, 2016

Mobimba is the oldest in a family of seven children from Tanzania. He was born in 2001, and is 15 years old.

Mobimba has severe bilateral clubfoot – he is walking by using the lateral aspect of his feet, and he is unable to wear shoes. His condition has severely affected his gait. Due to the condition of his feet, Mobimba has not been able to go to school like his siblings. The school is too far away and when he walks for a long time, he feels pain on his legs.

Despite his condition, Mobimba enjoys playing soccer. He also herds a few of his father’s goats. Mobimba’s parents are small scale farmers, and they also keep a few goats. With a large family to look after, children to take to school; coming up with the funds to cover the cost of Mobimba’s operation has been difficult.

$1160 will fund the treatment Mobimba needs, including surgery, casting, and long-term rehabilitation. Treatment will allow him to return to school, and walk normally for the first time.

“I will be happy to go to school like my friends,” Mobimba said.

Mobimba is the oldest in a family of seven children from Tanzania. He was born in 2001, and is 15 years old. Mobimba has severe bilateral...

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Mobimba's Timeline

  • May 2, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mobimba was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • May 03, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mobimba 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.

  • May 08, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mobimba's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 10, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mobimba's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 25, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mobimba's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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