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Success! Haruna from Tanzania raised $880 to fund mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Haruna
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$880
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Fully funded
Haruna's treatment was fully funded on February 4, 2021.

Photo of Haruna post-operation

February 15, 2021

Haruna underwent mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Haruna had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs, which had been severely deformed making walking very challenging for him. His condition was putting him in danger of getting a fracture or not being able to walk at all.

Haruna is currently in a full cast of both legs and he will be on bed rest for up to four weeks. Through this treatment, Haruna will be able to walk with a lot of ease compared to before the surgery. Given how severe both of his legs had been affected, the medical team shared that he may need another surgery to fully help straighten his legs.

Haruna says, “Am happy and thankful to have my legs corrected and am looking forward to walking without the challenges I was going through, and also be able to play football once more.”

Haruna had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs, which had been severely deformed making walking very challenging f...

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December 2, 2020

Haruna is a 10-year-old student from Tanzania. Haruna is the fourth born child in a family of five children. He is currently in Class Five, and his best subjects are mathematics and social studies. Haruna is a big lover of football, which his father says he picked at an early age. Unfortunately, a few months ago, his father has had to stop him from playing football due to the level of deformity in his legs and risk of getting a fracture.

Haruna was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs bow outwards at the knee so that they 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 has difficulty walking for a distance and he is no longer able to play football, the sport he loves.

The procedure Haruna needs is costly for his family. Haruna’s parents are small-scale farmers of maize, beans and tobacco. They are able to get their food from the harvest of maize and vegetable and some little money from selling tobacco harvest. Now, they are appealing for financial support for Haruna’s cost of care.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Haruna. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Haruna’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Haruna shared, “I would like to be able to walk well and play like my friends. Please help me get this treatment.”

Haruna is a 10-year-old student from Tanzania. Haruna is the fourth born child in a family of five children. He is currently in Class Five, ...

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Haruna's Timeline

  • December 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Haruna 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.

  • December 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Haruna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 04, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Haruna's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Haruna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Haruna'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.