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Joshua from Tanzania raised $940 so he can walk without pain.

Joshua
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Joshua's treatment was fully funded on June 22, 2015.

Photo of Joshua post-operation

August 2, 2015

Joshua began treatment to help him walk normally.

According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, “Joshua’s surgery to correct the deformity of his lower limbs was done successfully. Joshua is currently on long leg casts, but has started ambulation. He will continue with physical therapy when the casts are removed and at the end of the treatment Joshua will have better gait and ability to walk without knocking his knees.”

Joshua shares, “I can’t wait for the casts to be removed. I will exercise as needed so that I can go back home strong and continue to help my mother without feeling pain on my knees. Thank you!”

According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, "Joshua’s surgery to correct the deformity of his lower limbs was d...

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June 15, 2015

Meet Joshua! Joshua is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives in Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, describes him as “very shy… but he always has a smile on his face.”

Joshua’s father died years ago, and as the second oldest in a family of six children, it’s up to him to look after his mother’s cattle. The cattle are his family’s primary source of income, and he feels that he is contributing the most to his family by herding cattle rather than attending school.

Joshua has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgum, a physical condition in which the knees curve inwards. Right now, Joshua is unable to walk without knocking his knees, affecting his gait and ability to walk or run. If left untreated, Joshua risks developing early osteoarthritis.

For $940, we can help cover the three surgeries that Joshua needs, along with two weeks of hospital stay and medication.

“I feel pain on my knees especially after walking a long distance. I don’t want to fail helping my mom herd cattle; so I hope that my legs can be straightened so that I can walk properly,” Joshua shares.

Meet Joshua! Joshua is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives in Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, describes ...

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Joshua's Timeline

  • June 15, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joshua was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 16, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joshua received treatment. 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 20, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joshua's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 22, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joshua's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 2, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Joshua. Read the update.

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Funded by 44 donors

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