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Success! Caleb from Kenya raised $1,286 to fund clubfoot correction surgery.

  • $1,286 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Caleb's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2021.

Photo of Caleb post-operation

September 9, 2021

Caleb underwent clubfoot correction surgery and is on the move.

Caleb had a successful clubfoot correction surgery at our medical partner’s care center Cure Hospital. With complete recovery, Caleb will be able to walk without falling, will be free from pain, and will be able to do so much more of all he needs to do each day. His family is happy he’ll be able to study with few interruptions. Caleb’s mother was grateful for the support offered.

Caleb’s mother says, “I am grateful for the support you have rendered to me through my son. May God bless you and continue with the good work you are doing helping needy patients.”

Caleb had a successful clubfoot correction surgery at our medical partner's care center Cure Hospital. With complete recovery, Caleb will be...

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July 29, 2021

Caleb is a young, four-year-old boy with one older sibling. His family currently lives in a one-roomed rental house made of iron sheeting in Nairobi County in Kenya. Caleb’s mother is the sole breadwinner of the family, cleaning clothes in the neighborhood.

Caleb has clubfoot on both feet, which doctors informed his mother after delivery immediately, but Caleb did not receive care due to a lack of referrals. Now, four years later, his mother heard about our medical partner’s care center, CURE hospital, through a friend whose son had been treated at CURE. She was convinced to visit the hospital for possible treatment.

Fortunately, Caleb’s family traveled to visit CURE International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,286 to fund Caleb’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, Caleb will be free from pain when walking and able to wear shoes comfortably.

“I am appealing for help for my son to undergo surgery. I will be grateful to see him walking without struggle like others,” Caleb’s mother said.

Caleb is a young, four-year-old boy with one older sibling. His family currently lives in a one-roomed rental house made of iron sheeting in...

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Caleb's Timeline

  • July 29, 2021

    Caleb was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 2, 2021

    Caleb's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 5, 2021

    Caleb received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • September 7, 2021

    Caleb's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 9, 2021

    Caleb's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 34 donors

Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,286 for Caleb'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 in Kenya. 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.

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. AIC Cure International Hospital is one of the few pediatric orthopedic hospitals devoted to serving the physically disabled children of Kenya. Most parents bring their children from remote areas to seek treatment.

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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Victor is a sweet and quiet three-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the secondborn in a family of three children. Victor's mother was recently diagnosed with arthritis and can no longer keep her previous job doing laundry for people. She is currently looking for another job. Victor's father makes and sells mandazi, a form of fried bread, by the roadside to help support their family. When Victor was two weeks old, his mother noticed that both testes were undescended. She took him to the hospital, where he was examined and diagnosed with bilateral undescended testes. He was referred to another facility in Nairobi for treatment. On arrival, he was examined and booked for a clinic. Victor attended clinics for a few weeks. Fortunately, all worked out well for him. In one of the clinic reviews, the testes were found to have descended, and his parents stopped going to the clinics.  However, when he was two years old, his mother noticed that one testis was not detectable. After seeking medical attention, Victor was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Victor has an increased risk of developing testicular cancer and fertility problems in the future. Due to his condition, he is also at risk for hernias. At his appointment, it was found that he has already developed a right inguinal hernia. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo surgery to rectify both of the conditions. Victor will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 25th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Victor’s mother says, “I feel bad that I cannot raise the required amount of money to cater for my son’s treatment.”

22% funded

$501to go

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