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Success! Raul from Venezuela raised $1,422 to fund his club foot repair surgery.

Raul
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  • $1,422 raised, $0 to go
$1,422
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Raul's treatment was fully funded on August 11, 2021.

Photo of Raul post-operation

September 17, 2021

Raul underwent his clubfoot repair surgery.

Raul’s surgery was successful and he is recovering as planned. He will now be able to walk, wear shoes, and even play soccer as he grows. His mother is grateful for the support and is thrilled that Raul will not face pain or complications due to his clubfoot in the future.

Raul’s mother said, “Thank you so much, thanks for making my dream come true, everything went perfect. I’m really thankful for everything you have done for us, now I’m pretty sure he will be able to play soccer and be a happy boy”

Raul's surgery was successful and he is recovering as planned. He will now be able to walk, wear shoes, and even play soccer as he grows. Hi...

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August 4, 2021

Raul is a little soccer fan from Venezuela. He was born in Caracas and his family moved to Medellín last January seeking better opportunities.

Raul has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Regardless of his condition, he loves soccer, and even if it’s hard for him, he loves to play. He’s also already has a creative mind and loves playing with legos. Raul is very cheerful and social, and loves watching other kids playing around him.

Fortunately, Raul’s family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel where they can offer life-changing treatment. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 5th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,422 to fund Raul’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily, run and chase after balls, and even play soccer.

His mother told us: “I just hope that my son can walk easier, and be a normal child. I hope you can operate for him and see if finally some day we can take him to a soccer academy without any limitations.”

Raul is a little soccer fan from Venezuela. He was born in Caracas and his family moved to Medellín last January seeking better opportunitie...

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Raul's Timeline

  • August 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Raul was submitted by Sofía Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at Clínica Noel.

  • August 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Raul's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Raul's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Raul received treatment at Clínica Noel in Colombia. 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 17, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Raul's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,422 for Raul's treatment
Hospital Fees
$708
Medical Staff
$624
Medication
$90
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot have one or both feet turned inward, which might lead to complex extremity malformations, walking limitations, tight heel cord, and pain during walking.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot might experience pain while walking or not be able to walk, might not be able to wear shoes, and end up being subject to bullying at school. If the condition is not treated, the patient might be in constant pain and it’s possible to develop arthritis.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many patients in Colombia live in rural areas, their families don’t have health insurance coverage nor money to pay for the treatment, they don’t have access to specialized centers, and have to travel long distances, which leads families to abandon the treatments.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

When patients visit a doctor, they are redirected to a pediatric orthopedist, who starts the treatment with some casts which are changed weekly and later performs a low invasive surgery when early diagnosed. In case the patient is not treated opportunely, or treatment is abandoned, reconstructive surgery might be needed.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

When the patient gets the treatment, an anatomic and functional correction of the extremity is performed, the patient will be able to wear shoes and to walk without pain, there’s an esthetic improvement which leads to stronger self-esteem and reduces the risk of psychological affections resulting from bullying.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There’s a chance this treatment leaves residual malformations, scars, or relapses of the treatment. As in any surgery, there is a risk of bleeding and infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Reconstructive surgery with highly complex osteotomies and tendon transfers.

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