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Success! Emmanuel from Tanzania raised $880 to fund mobility restoring leg surgery.

Emmanuel
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Fully funded
Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded on September 5, 2020.

Photo of Emmanuel post-operation

January 6, 2021

Emmanuel underwent mobility restoring leg surgery.

Emmanuel has finally had his long-awaited surgery which helped correct his left leg. Emmanuel’s doctors had planned to correct both legs at once, but given how severe his left leg was and that it needed staged surgery, they decided to correct his left leg first to help save Emmanuel from any additional pain and discomfort and next he will have his right side corrected too.

Through this treatment, Emmanuel’s leg is being straightened to help him walk like other children without the challenges, difficulty, and pain he was going through. Emmanuel had a full-length leg cast for two weeks and thereafter another full cast.

Emmanuel’s mother shared with us, “I’m happy that my son has now been able to start treatment of his legs which ware troubling him so much. Thank you very much for making this possible.”

Emmanuel has finally had his long-awaited surgery which helped correct his left leg. Emmanuel's doctors had planned to correct both legs at ...

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July 22, 2020

Emmanuel is a child from Tanzania. Emmanuel is the last born child in a family of four children. His parents are small-scale farmers and depend entirely on what they harvest for their living.

Emmanuel was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs are 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, he walks with pain and discomfort.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Emmanuel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 23rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Emmanuel’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Emmanuel says, “Our son has been through a lot of suffering. His mates are playing and running around but he can’t. Please help our son have this treatment so that he can walk like other children his age.”

Emmanuel is a child from Tanzania. Emmanuel is the last born child in a family of four children. His parents are small-scale farmers and dep...

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Emmanuel's Timeline

  • July 22, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 22, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Emmanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 5, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 4, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Emmanuel 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 6, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Emmanuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Emmanuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
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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Tuhirweomugisha

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