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Success! Zera from Tanzania raised $935 to fund mobility-restoring clubfoot treatment.

Zera
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Zera's treatment was fully funded on January 14, 2021.

Photo of Zera post-operation

January 15, 2021

Zera underwent mobility-restoring clubfoot treatment.

Zera’s manipulation and casting is going very well. She’s had her first cast change and the treatment is helping correct her foot, which is wrongly positioned due to clubfoot. Through this treatment, Zera will be able to walk like other children and wear shoes, something she couldn’t do before.

Zera shared the biggest smile with us and said, “Am looking forward to having my foot fully corrected so that I can walk normally and be able to play with my friends without hurting. Thank you.”

Zera’s manipulation and casting is going very well. She's had her first cast change and the treatment is helping correct her foot, which is ...

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December 14, 2020

Zera is a five-year-old girl and the firstborn child in her family of two. She is a curious girl and very helpful with her young sister at home. Zera has not started school yet, but her parents hope to enroll her in school when she is seven years old. 

Zera was born with a right clubfoot; a condition whereby her foot is curved inward at the ankle making it hard and painful to walk. Her parents and relatives tried to get her treatment at nearby clinics and were referred to other hospitals. Unfortunately, they could not afford to go. Zera has been experiencing difficulty in walking and playing due to the way her leg is curved. A few months ago Zera’s aunt had her child treated at Watsi’s Medical Partner’s Care Center ALMC Hospital where she shared about Zera’s condition. Zera’s aunt told their family about the hospital hoping she could be assisted. Zera’s parents are subsistence farmers who do not earn enough to pay for Zera’s medical care and they need help so that Zera can start her treatment. This will allow Zera to be able to walk without difficulty when she starts school.

Fortunately, Zera’s family traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Zera’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and free of pain.

Zera shared with us, “I feel pain when walking, I cannot walk fast or run like my friends. I will be very happy if I receive treatment and be able to walk.”

Zera is a five-year-old girl and the firstborn child in her family of two. She is a curious girl and very helpful with her young sister at h...

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Zera's Timeline

  • December 14, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Zera was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zera 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.

  • December 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zera's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zera's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zera's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Zera's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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.

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