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Success! Johnson from Tanzania raised $880 to fund leg corrective surgery so he can walk.

Johnson
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$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Johnson's treatment was fully funded on September 2, 2021.

Photo of Johnson post-operation

August 25, 2021

Johnson underwent corrective leg surgery so he can walk.

Johnson had a successful surgery which helped correct his legs that had been making walking difficult for him. He is currently recovering well. Through this surgery Johnson will now walk without issue or pain and can lead a full life ahead.

Johnson’s mother says, “I still find it hard to believe that my son has had his legs corrected considering we had lost hope due to the high cost of treatment. Thank you very for all you support and care. God bless you.”

Johnson had a successful surgery which helped correct his legs that had been making walking difficult for him. He is currently recovering we...

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July 14, 2021

Johnson is a charming and playful toddler and the only child of his young parents. They are small scale farmers of maize, vegetable, sunflowers, and beans. It is through their harvest that the family is able to get food and earn money for other basic commodities.

The little boy was diagnosed with genu varus, a condition typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, often stemming from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Johnson’s legs bow outward at the knee. He has difficulty walking and experiences pain after playing or running around for longer periods of time.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Johnson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Johnson’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Johnson’s mother shares, “My child is having a hard time walking due to his legs being deformed. I would love for him to walk well like other children but the cost is too high for us to afford help us.”

Johnson is a charming and playful toddler and the only child of his young parents. They are small scale farmers of maize, vegetable, sunflow...

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Johnson's Timeline

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Johnson 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 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Johnson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Johnson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Johnson's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.