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Success! Diana from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment.

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Diana's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2021.

Photo of Diana post-operation

January 7, 2021

Diana underwent clubfoot treatment.

Diana is now having her manipulation and casting treatment, which is helping correct her feet. She is currently on her fourth cast change and showing great improvement from when she arrived to the hospital.

Through this life-changing treatment, Diana will be able to grow up a healthy child and without a disability. Her family is feeling relieved that she has been saved from the challenges that come along with clubfoot, like learning how to stand and walk, not being able to wear normal shoes, pain and blisters when walking, and social discrimination.

Diana’s father said, “Thank you for helping correct my daughter’s feet. I wouldn’t have wanted to see her struggle due to disability. God bless you.”

Diana is now having her manipulation and casting treatment, which is helping correct her feet. She is currently on her fourth cast change an...

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December 3, 2020

Diana is a baby from Tanzania. She is the firstborn to her young parents and her mother delivered her at home by the help of a midwife. Diana’s parents are small-scale farmers of basic food crops like maize and vegetables.

Diana was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Diana’s family traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 4th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Diana’s clubfoot treatment. After treatment, she will be able to walk well, run, and play when she grows up.

Diana’s mother says, “Please help my firstborn child get this treatment, I had never seen a child born with clubfoot before, I was scared when I first saw her legs until I was assured that this can be treated.”

Diana is a baby from Tanzania. She is the firstborn to her young parents and her mother delivered her at home by the help of a midwife. Dian...

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Diana's Timeline

  • December 3, 2020

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

  • December 4, 2020

    Diana 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.

  • December 5, 2020

    Diana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 1, 2021

    Diana's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 7, 2021

    Diana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Diana's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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