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Success! Denis from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so he can walk well.

Denis
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$880
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Fully funded
Denis's treatment was fully funded on August 26, 2022.

Photo of Denis post-operation

September 17, 2022

Denis underwent corrective surgery so he can walk well.

Denis underwent successful surgery and is recovering well! He will wear a cast for a couple of weeks as part of the healing process. Before undergoing surgery, it was difficult for Denis to walk. Now, Denis will be able to walk easily, play with his friends, and lead a healthy life.

Denis’s mother shared, “May God bless you so much. Without your help and support, this treatment for my son wouldn’t have been possible.”

Denis underwent successful surgery and is recovering well! He will wear a cast for a couple of weeks as part of the healing process. Before ...

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April 7, 2022

Denis is a charming and friendly three-year-old boy. Denis’s mother is a single mom, and she has a small business selling fruits and vegetables to support her family. Denis has a twin brother, along with another sibling.

Denis has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, a condition in which the knees angle inward and touch one another when his legs are straightened. This is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Denis’s gait is affected.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Denis receive treatment. On April 8th, he will undergo corrective surgery at AMH’s care center. Treatment will hopefully restore Denis’s mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Now, his family needs help raising $880 to fund his procedure and care.

Denis’s mother shared, “now that my son’s insurance is not covering the surgery, I won’t have any means to raise the money. Please assist me.”

Denis is a charming and friendly three-year-old boy. Denis's mother is a single mom, and she has a small business selling fruits and vegetab...

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Denis's Timeline

  • April 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Denis was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Denis 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.

  • April 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Denis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 26, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Denis's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Denis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Denis's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.