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Success! Crecious from Tanzania raised $940 to fund corrective surgery.

  • $940 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Crecious's treatment was fully funded on April 26, 2017.

Photo of Crecious post-operation

March 10, 2017

Crecious underwent corrective surgery.

After a successful surgery, Crecious’s legs are now straight, and they no longer bow outwards. This means that he can walk longer distances and has better balance.

Crecious’s mother says, “Now that my son has been treated, it is my hope that he will be able to go to school.”

After a successful surgery, Crecious's legs are now straight, and they no longer bow outwards. This means that he can walk longer distances ...

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January 18, 2017

Crecious is three years old and the first child to his mother. His mother describes him as a happy child who is always playing. As Crecious started to grow, his mother noticed that he wasn’t able to walk very well and would often fall over.

They traveled to Arusha to seek treatment at our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Crecious’s legs have bowed outwards, so he was diagnosed with genu varus.

Crecious’s mother has high hopes for her son, but she only makes a small amount of money as a primary school teacher. She needs help to pay for his treatment.

On January 19, Crecious will undergo corrective surgery for his legs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $940 to fund his treatment.

Crecious’s mother says, “I hope that my son with be able to grow, play, and go to school like other children after his surgery. “

Crecious is three years old and the first child to his mother. His mother describes him as a happy child who is always playing. As Crecious ...

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Crecious's Timeline

  • January 18, 2017

    Crecious was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • January 20, 2017

    Crecious received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC).

  • January 23, 2017

    Crecious's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2017

    Crecious's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 26, 2017

    Crecious's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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