Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Elisha is a baby from Tanzania who needs $890 to fund treatment for clubfoot.

  • $890 raised, $0 to go
to go
Dedicate my donation

We'll send your dedicatee an email
about your gift, along with updates
about Elisha's recovery.

April 20, 2017

Elisha is two weeks old and lives with his family in Tanzania. Elisha is the fourth born in his family. His father is a carpenter with a small furniture business, while his mother is a businesswoman selling fruits in the market. They live in a rental house in Tanzania.

Just one week after being born, his mother noticed that her son’s right leg was not in a normal condition. She took him to the doctor, where he was diagnosed with clubfoot.

If not treated, Elisha will experience difficulty walking when he grows up. He will feel pain, and he may be subjected to stigma. Thankfully, Elisha’s treatment is scheduled for April 25.

We expect that when Elisha gets treated, he will be able to walk without pain, attend school, and perform normal activities like his peers.

The family has managed to raise $49 to help contribute to the treatment’s cost. They need help to raise an additional $890.

Elisha’s father says, ”After he gets treated, I would love to see Elisha attend school and go to a university one day.”

Elisha is two weeks old and lives with his family in Tanzania. Elisha is the fourth born in his family. His father is a carpenter with a sma...

Read more

Elisha's Timeline

  • April 20, 2017

    Elisha was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • April 25, 2017

    Elisha was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • June 13, 2017

    Elisha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2017

    Awaiting Elisha's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

  • August 21, 2017

    Elisha is no longer raising funds.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Elisha'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.