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Success! Emmanuel from Tanzania raised $838 to fund leg surgery.

Emmanuel
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Fully funded
Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2019.

Photo of Emmanuel post-operation

December 1, 2019

Emmanuel underwent leg surgery.

Emmanuel had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs that had been affected by excessive fluoride in the water making his legs curved and painful to walk on. Through this surgery, he will now be able to walk on straight legs without any difficulty or pain.

Emmanuel’s mother says, “Thank you very much for treating my son’s legs and giving him a chance to walk like other normal children.”

Emmanuel had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs that had been affected by excessive fluoride in the water making ...

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October 17, 2019

Emmanuel is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the only child to his mother and they receive little support from his father, making their daily needs hard to meet. Emmanuel’s mother noted his legs bulging outwards and got worried. Efforts to seek health care were hard since she had no income and Emmanuel’s father ignored the concern. His mother saved some income and took him to the hospital where he was advised on calcium diet to strengthen the bones and return to the hospital after three months. He did not improve, rather his walking became difficult. Emmanual was seen by an employee from our hospital and referred them to our facility. He was diagnosed with genu varus, a condition that limits a child’s ability to walk. He had surgery recommended to correct the condition. Once treated, Emmanuel will be able to walk with ease. His mother sells vegetables to earn a living. she is worried that her son’s surgery might not be possible due to limited income. She hopes that with kind support, he will be able to walk. She appeals for financial assistance.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Emmanuel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 18th. Treatment will hopefully restore Emmanuel’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Emmanuel’s mother says, “I am only concerned about our Emmanuel’s legs as I am unable to afford the treatment cost and his father is not supportive, please help him get his legs corrected.”

Emmanuel is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the only child to his mother and they receive little support from his father, making their dail...

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Emmanuel's Timeline

  • October 17, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Emmanuel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • October 25, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Emmanuel 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.

  • October 28, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Emmanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 01, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Emmanuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 15, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Emmanuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
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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$1,106raised
$394to go

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