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Success! Thomas from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Thomas
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Thomas's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2020.

Photo of Thomas post-operation

December 23, 2020

Thomas underwent clubfoot treatment.

Thomas was able to start his treatment of manipulation and casting which help correct both of his feet. Through this treatment, Thomas will be able to learn how to walk and be able to walk like other children, something that wouldn’t be easy for Thomas if he didn’t get this treatment. He will, later on, also have both of his hands corrected because they also have a birth defect.

Thomas’ mother shared with us, “We are really grateful for your help and support. This wouldn’t have been possible without your help. Thank you very much.”

Thomas was able to start his treatment of manipulation and casting which help correct both of his feet. Through this treatment, Thomas will ...

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September 7, 2020

Thomas is an 11-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the last born in a family of five children. Thomas was born through an emergency cesarean section, which his parents were not expecting. They had to sell some of their harvest which they had saved for home use to be able to pay the bill. Thomas’ parents are small-scale farmers who depend entirely on what they harvest for their living.

Thomas has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Thomas traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 8th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Thomas’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when the time comes.

Thomas’s mother says, “We have been left with no money to be able to afford our son’s treatment cost, kindly help us.”

Thomas is an 11-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the last born in a family of five children. Thomas was born through an emergency ces...

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Thomas's Timeline

  • September 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thomas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thomas 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.

  • December 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thomas's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thomas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Thomas'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.