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Mbegesi from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Mbegesi
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
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$0
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Fully funded
Mbegesi's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Mbegesi post-operation

June 14, 2021

Mbegesi underwent clubfoot treatment.

Mbegesi has had a long journey for treatment due to the COVID-19 crisis. He underwent multiple cast changes last year but given how neglected his clubfoot was, he was required to have surgery by the visiting clubfoot specialist doctors. Traveling for the visit was impacted and due to a high number of patients in need and additional protocols, they were not able to operate and his surgery was postponed. Mbegesi’s father shared with us, “Thank you very much for helping fund my son’s treatment cost and I hope that this Coronavirus epidemic will be control so that my son can be able to have his final surgery in June.”

We just received great news that Mbegesi has finally had his final surgery! Through this treatment, both of Mbegesi’s feet have been successfully corrected. He is currently with a full cast of his left leg and will be required to be on bed rest for the next six weeks. This surgery has given Mbegesi a chance to lead a full life free of disability. He’s excited to now be able to wear shoes like other children he knows.

Mbegesi has had a long journey for treatment due to the COVID-19 crisis. He underwent multiple cast changes last year but given how neglecte...

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March 5, 2020

Mbegesi is nine-year-old student from Tanzania and the second born in a family if three children. His parents are small-scale farmers with very limited income.

Mbegesi has 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, Mbegesi traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Mbegesi’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily.

Mbegesi’s father says, “His age mates are ahead in school. I would love to see him be able to walk like other normal children and be able to study with ease.”

Mbegesi is nine-year-old student from Tanzania and the second born in a family if three children. His parents are small-scale farmers with v...

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Mbegesi's Timeline

  • March 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 6, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mbegesi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mbegesi 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 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mbegesi's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Mbegesi. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Mbegesi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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21%funded
$70raised
$249to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Selinah

Selinah is a 31-year-old nun from Uganda. She serves as a nun under Our Lady of Fatima Rushoroza and is currently posted to the formation house of the Missionaries of Africa. She does not receive salary for her services apart from a small allowance for personal use. She is the fifth born in a family of 10 and her parents are small-scale farmers. For three years, Selinah has been experiencing lower abdominal pains. She was treated for a bacterial infection with no change in symptoms. She has also had several medications from different medical centers. None of them helped, and in the last year her condition has worsened. She can no longer stand comfortably for long because she has pains extending to her lower body. Selinah has challenges getting out of bed due to this pain. Selinah has been diagnosed with leiomyoma and endometrial hyperplasia. If not treated, she is at a risk of endometrial carcinoma and other severe complications like anaemia. Selinah has sought financial support from her congregation, but shared that they are unable to meet the surgery cost because of the number of congregants affected by COVID-19. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Selinah's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Selinah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sister Selinah says, “My condition has generally affected my duties and life as a nun. Given treatment, I will be able to do all my day to day duties and be able to develop my congregation. I will continue serving the Lord by helping others where I can.”

21% funded

21%funded
$70raised
$249to go