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Eric from Tanzania raised $940 for surgery to repair bilateral genu valgus.

Eric
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Fully funded
Eric's treatment was fully funded on August 27, 2015.

Photo of Eric post-operation

September 14, 2015

Eric began treatment to help him walk normally.

“I truly am happy with the way my son is doing,” Eric’s mother shares. “I have hope that his future will be brighter because with strong legs he can go to school and pursue a good career.”

“Eric is doing well,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “The surgery to correct bilateral genu valgus was done successfully. Eric is currently on long leg casts while the wounds are healing. In two week time, he will start physiotherapy. After complete recovery, Eric will be able to walk without knocking his knees and that will enable him to walk and ran fast, be up to speed when playing with other children and decreased chance of developing early osteoarthritis.”

“I truly am happy with the way my son is doing," Eric's mother shares. "I have hope that his future will be brighter because with strong leg...

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August 6, 2015

“Eric is shy,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “He likes to play with mud - building some houses and shapes of people and other things.”

This is Eric, an adorable, three-year-old boy from Tanzania.

“Eric is the only child to his mother, who is a single parent. She loves her son very much and works very hard to take good care of him,” continues AMHF. “She sells some vegetables and fruits at an open market in their village. The little that she earns is not enough to cover the cost of operation which her son needs.”

Eric has bilateral genu valgus, a condition in which the knees angle inward and touch one another when the legs are straightened. “Eric is unable to walk without knocking his knees. It is difficult for him to run or walk fast and compete with other children when playing,” reports AMHF. “If not treated, Eric’s gait will continue to be affected and chances of developing osteoarthritis at an early age will increase.”

Eric’s mother remarks, “I am worried that my son may fail to walk later on if the condition keeps getting worse.”

With $940 in funding, Eric will undergo a combination of casting and surgery that will realign his knee joint and thighbone, straightening his legs. This cost includes the procedure, hospital stay, cast change, medication, labs, outpatient physiotherapy, and a stay at the Plaster House (a recovery center for kids). “Eric’s gait will improve, he will be able to walk without knocking his knees, and chances of developing osteoarthritis will also decrease,” explains AMHF.

“I dream of seeing him as a successful, influential young man in the future,” Eric’s mother shares. “I want him to live a better life than mine.”

“Eric is shy,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “He likes to play with mud - building some houses a...

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Eric's Timeline

  • August 6, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Eric was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • August 07, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eric received treatment.

  • August 22, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eric's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 27, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eric's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 14, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Eric. Read the update.

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Funded by 9 donors

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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Htet is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a village in Burma. Htet’s father peels coconuts for a living, while his mother works in a betel leaf garden. Their combined income is just enough for daily expenses. When Htet was nine months old, his mother noticed that his lips often turned blue when he cried. His symptoms were still there on his first birthday. His parents took him to a clinic in Yangon, where they were informed that Htet has a congenital heart disease. His father tried to treat him with traditional medicine, but Htet’s symptoms did not improve. When Htet is active, he feels very tired and has heart palpitations. He also eats very little and is often sick. Unfortunately, Htet has had to stop attending classes. He really enjoys school and hopes to become a teacher when he grows up. Htet and his parents visited our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, where they learned about Watsi and the possibility of having surgery. Htet's surgery is now scheduled for November 17. Htet's surgery will cost $1,500, which is too much for Htet's family to afford. Htet’s father says, “As a parent, both my wife and I feel very sad and guilty to see our son in this condition. I don’t care how long the treatment will take but if my son recovers, I can give my full time to him. My wife is worried and told me that she will work and that I must look after my son. If there is any way for my son to recover, I would sacrifice my life for him."

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