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Success! Jesca from Tanzania raised $935 to fund mobility-restoring clubfoot treatment.

Jesca
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Jesca's treatment was fully funded on November 12, 2021.

Photo of Jesca post-operation

August 25, 2021

Jesca underwent a mobility-restoring clubfoot treatment.

Jesca’s treating is going well! She is still working through her manipulation and casting treatment, all of which is helping to correct her left foot. She is currently on her second cast change and is showing good progress. When the manipulation and casting is complete, she will require a final surgery which will fully correct her foot, enabling her to resume her normal routine and activities.

Jesca shared, “thank you very much for helping correct my foot. I believe due to this treatment my life will change for the better, because I will be able to work without any problem.”

Jesca's treating is going well! She is still working through her manipulation and casting treatment, all of which is helping to correct her ...

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June 28, 2021

Jesca is a hardworking, friendly, and sociable girl who loves music and singing in the choir at church. She’s an 18-year-old teenager, born as the third child in a family of nine. Jesca was only able to study until seventh grade because she was experiencing mobility issues due to clubfoot, making going to school particularly challenging. Jesca’s father tried to encourage his daughter to continue with school by discussing with her the the importance of education. However, Jesca was too concerned about going to secondary school, which is located even further away and thereby posing an even bigger challenge for her.

Jesca has clubfoot on her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Jesca has now traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform a clubfoot repair surgery on June 29th, and requests support of $935 for her treatment costs. After treatment, Jesca will be able to walk normally and is hopeful for a better life ahead.

Jesca describes her previous decisions about school with regret but turns an optimistic outlook for her future: “If it wasn’t for my foot I would have probably continued with school and maybe today I would be in a better position. I am now working but my foot is still limiting my work. Please help me have my foot corrected.”

Jesca is a hardworking, friendly, and sociable girl who loves music and singing in the choir at church. She's an 18-year-old teenager, born ...

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Jesca's Timeline

  • June 28, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jesca 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 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jesca's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jesca's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jesca's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Jesca's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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