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Wilson from Tanzania raised $838 to fund corrective surgery.

Wilson
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$838
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Wilson's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Wilson post-operation

December 6, 2017

Wilson underwent corrective surgery.

Wilson is doing well. He had his first bilateral femur surgery on November 21, and he underwent another manipulation on his tibia on November 28. He is still in recovery and will soon be discharged.

Wilson’s mother says, “My son has been in pain for quite some time now. I am so grateful that he will be able to walk without complaining of pain and that his legs will be straight. Thank you so much.”

Wilson is doing well. He had his first bilateral femur surgery on November 21, and he underwent another manipulation on his tibia on Novembe...

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November 20, 2017

Wilson is a little boy from Tanzania. He loves playing and making new friends. Wilson’s parents are both farmers who own a small portion of land. They also work in other people’s farms as casual labors.

Wilson was diagnosed with femur genu varus and tibia genu valgus. His legs are bowed. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Wilson feels pain in both his legs when walking or playing and needs crutches or support to move around.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Wilson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 21. Treatment will hopefully restore Wilson’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Wilson’s mother says, “Thank you for helping my son get treatment. God bless you all.”

Wilson is a little boy from Tanzania. He loves playing and making new friends. Wilson’s parents are both farmers who own a small portion of ...

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Wilson's Timeline

  • November 20, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Wilson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 21, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Wilson 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.

  • December 6, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Wilson. Read the update.

  • February 1, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Wilson's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Wilson'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.