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Success! Dennis from Kenya raised $1,286 to fund clubfoot repair surgery.

Dennis
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$1,286
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$0
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Fully funded
Dennis's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2021.

Photo of Dennis post-operation

January 10, 2022

Dennis underwent treatment and is looking forward to getting back to school and being active with friends.

Dennis was admitted to the hospital and underwent serial casting for two weeks to soften the tissues before his surgery. He then underwent a successful bilateral PMR surgery. This treatment will be extremely rewarding for Dennis, as he will be able to put on his shoes and walk well like other children, and be much more active as he continues his education going forward.

'’Thank you so much for helping me undergo surgery. God bless you!’’ Dennis told us.

Dennis was admitted to the hospital and underwent serial casting for two weeks to soften the tissues before his surgery. He then underwent a...

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November 9, 2021

Dennis is a nine-year-old student. He’s the youngest of four children in his family and is in grade six at school. Sadly, his mother passed away several years ago and his father was unable to take care of him. He now lives with a neighbor, who is his guardian. He enjoys playing football and other games in school, although his condition makes it difficult.

Dennis was born with clubfoot of both feet, a condition in which the feet are twisted out of shape causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. He experiences pain and difficulty walking, and cannot wear shoes. He is unable to play games, like football, which he enjoys.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Dennis receive treatment. On November 22nd, he will undergo clubfoot repair surgery at AMH’s care center. After treatment, he will be able to walk well, wear shoes, play with friends and continue with his studies. Now, they need help raising $1,286 to fund his procedure and care.

Dennis shared, “I would love to have my feet corrected so that I can walk well and play with my friends.”

Dennis is a nine-year-old student. He's the youngest of four children in his family and is in grade six at school. Sadly, his mother passed ...

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Dennis's Timeline

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dennis was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dennis received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital in Kenya. 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

    Dennis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dennis's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dennis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,286 for Dennis's treatment
Hospital Fees
$273
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$179
Supplies
$396
Labs
$37
Radiology
$27
Other
$61
  • 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 in Kenya. 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.

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. AIC Cure International Hospital is one of the few pediatric orthopedic hospitals devoted to serving the physically disabled children of Kenya. Most parents bring their children from remote areas to seek treatment.

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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