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Fauzia is a child from Tanzania who needs $838 to fund knee surgery.

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October 17, 2019

Fauzia is a beautiful-20 months old girl, the only child to her parents. She was born normal but as she progressed, her mother noted her legs to be bowing outwardly. She was concerned and decided to seek a doctor. She was put on calcium medication and diet to strengthen the bones. However, she did not improve. They had little income to seek further care for their child. Fortunately, her mother was referred to our facility by a neighbour and encouraged to take the child soonest they could. She was diagnosed with genu varus, a condition where the legs bow outwardly, and surgery recommended to correct the deformity. Fauzia’s parents are quite needy. Her father is a truck driver with limited income which he uses to meet the needs of his family. Her mother is a housewife. The family appeals for financial assistance.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Fauzia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 18th. Treatment will hopefully restore Fauzia’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Fauzia’s mother says, “We have tried calcium medication but it has not helped correct her legs, please help her get this treatment the cost is too high for us to afford.”

Fauzia is a beautiful-20 months old girl, the only child to her parents. She was born normal but as she progressed, her mother noted her leg...

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Fauzia's Timeline

  • October 17, 2019

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

  • October 18, 2019

    Fauzia received 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.

  • November 10, 2019

    Fauzia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 25, 2019

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


    Fauzia is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Fauzia'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?

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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