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Success! Lomoro from Tanzania raised $880 to fund a treatment for his knee condition that keeps him from walking well.

Lomoro
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$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Lomoro's treatment was fully funded on September 21, 2021.

Photo of Lomoro post-operation

August 23, 2021

Lomoro underwent a treatment for his knee condition that kept him from walking well.

Lomoro has had a successful surgery to corrected his right leg, which was limiting his ability to walk and carry out daily life activities. Through this surgery, Lomoro will now walk like other children with neither difficulty nor pain.

Lomoro says, “I am so happy that my leg has been straightened. I will now walk well and can take part in my home activities helping my parents and family. Thank you very much.”

Lomoro has had a successful surgery to corrected his right leg, which was limiting his ability to walk and carry out daily life activities. ...

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July 6, 2021

Lomoro is a 15-year-old teenager and the last born child in a family of six children. Lomoro has not had the chance to join school due to the size of his family and financial challenges. Lomoro and his siblings look after their father’s cattle, which requires them to walk a long distance in search of pasture and water.

Lomoro was diagnosed with genu valgus, or knock knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Lomoro is currently having difficulty walking and he can no longer go out grazing the cattle. He is forced to stay at home to rest.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Lomoro. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lomoro’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Lomoro shared, “I am now seen as the weaker one in my family because I am exempted from most of the daily home activities due to my leg. I need help for my surgery. Thank you for your support.”

Lomoro is a 15-year-old teenager and the last born child in a family of six children. Lomoro has not had the chance to join school due to th...

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Lomoro's Timeline

  • July 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lomoro 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 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lomoro's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lomoro's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lomoro's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Lomoro'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.