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Jhonatan Mercado is a 4-year-old from Venezuela who needs $1,500 to fund clubfoot treatment so he can be active.

Jhonatan Mercado
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October 25, 2021

Jhonatan Mercado is a creative four-year-old from Venezuela. A year ago his family moved to Medellin in Colombia seeking for a better future for their kids. Jhonatan is an older brother in a family of two children, his little brother is one year old. Jhonatan he loves to play with his mom with Legos. He already loves soccer too.

Jhonatan Mercado 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, Jhonatan Mercado’s family traveled to visit our Medical Partner Clínica Noel. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 20th. Our medical partner, Clínica Noel, is requesting $1500 to fund Jhonatan Mercado’s bilateral clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk without pain or further complications.

His mother said “We are really glad that finally we found help, we have been in different treatments since he was 6 months old but now we have a lot of faith in this procedure and in Doctor Miguel.”

Jhonatan Mercado is a creative four-year-old from Venezuela. A year ago his family moved to Medellin in Colombia seeking for a better future...

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Jhonatan Mercado's Timeline

  • October 25, 2021

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

  • November 8, 2021

    Jhonatan Mercado's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2021

    Jhonatan Mercado was scheduled to receive 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.


    Jhonatan Mercado is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Jhonatan Mercado's treatment update from Clínica Noel.

Clubfoot Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,893 for Jhonatan Mercado's treatment
Subsidies fund $393 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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 are often at risk of bullying at school. If the condition is not treated, the patient might be in constant pain and risk development of 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 referred to a pediatric orthopedist, who starts the treatment with a series of casts which are changed weekly. The team them performs a 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 a patient gets treatment, an anatomic and functional correction of the extremity is performed. A patient will be able to wear shoes and to walk without pain. There’s also an esthetic improvement which leads to higher self-esteem and reduces the risk of psychological impact.

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 often 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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