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Success! Neema from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery of her bowed legs to restore her mobility.

Neema
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$880
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Fully funded
Neema's treatment was fully funded on January 20, 2022.

Photo of Neema post-operation

January 28, 2022

Neema underwent corrective leg surgery to restore her mobility.

Neema’s surgery was a success, and she is healing well. Once she finishes her physical therapy sessions, she is excited to be able to walk without difficulty or pain.

Neema shared with a big smile, “I am so grateful for the help my family and I have received to get me this treatment. Thank you so much!”

Neema’s surgery was a success, and she is healing well. Once she finishes her physical therapy sessions, she is excited to be able to walk w...

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November 17, 2021

Neema is a young girl from Tanzania and the last born in a family of five children. Neema is a quiet and shy girl and is currently attending primary school. Neema’s parents are both subsistence farmers.

Neema was diagnosed with left genu valgus, where her knee bows inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has pain after walking for a distance.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Neema. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 18th. Treatment will hopefully restore Neema’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Neema says, “I would like to be able to walk to school without pain, please help me be able to continue with school and be able to walk without difficulty.”

Neema is a young girl from Tanzania and the last born in a family of five children. Neema is a quiet and shy girl and is currently attending...

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Neema's Timeline

  • November 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Neema was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Neema 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.

  • November 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Neema's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 20, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Neema's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 28, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Neema's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Neema's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

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

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

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

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

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

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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