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Faraja from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot repair treatment.

Faraja
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Faraja's treatment was fully funded on May 31, 2020.
September 14, 2020

Faraja no longer plans to undergo clubfoot treatment.

Our medical partner just shared an update on Faraja’s treatment. Our partner Plasterhouse halted clubfoot treatments due to COVID and recently was able to start treating clubfoot patients again in smaller cohorts to protect the patients and their families. When they called in Faraja’s family to start casting and manipulation to correct her foot, her mother she said she no longer would like to move forward with the treatment. She shared that Faraja is doing well. Our partner has requested that we support other patients who are currently waiting to be treated.

Our medical partner just shared an update on Faraja's treatment. Our partner Plasterhouse halted clubfoot treatments due to COVID and recent...

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February 10, 2020

Faraja is a two-year-old girl and the last born child in a family of two children in Tanzania. Faraja’s father works as a night guard and during the day he tries to seek casual laboring jobs like working on other people’s farms with his wife in order to supplement the little income he is able to get from his night guard job.

Faraja has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Faraja traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Faraja’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk without difficulty.

Faraja’s mother says, “Please help treat my daughter. We are not able to afford her treatment due to financial challenges.”

Faraja is a two-year-old girl and the last born child in a family of two children in Tanzania. Faraja’s father works as a night guard and du...

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Faraja's Timeline

  • February 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Faraja was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • February 11, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Faraja was scheduled to receive 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.

  • February 17, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Faraja's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 14, 2020
    FUNDING ENDED

    Faraja is no longer raising funds.

  • September 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Faraja's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Faraja's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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, or about 1,600 cases in Tanzania annually. 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. Patients will stay in the Plaster House, a rehabilitation center for children in Tanzania, for as long as their recovery takes.

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. 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. If not treated, the condition will persist and will result in disability.

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