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Success! Ikram from Tanzania raised $880 to fund mobility-restoring knee surgery.

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Ikram's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2022.

Photo of Ikram post-operation

April 18, 2022

Ikram underwent mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Ikram has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs that had a varus condition with bended legs. He is currently on a full cast of both legs and on bed rest while he heals. Through this surgery, Ikram will no longer have a difficult time walking like before. The surgeon noted that he still has a slight valgus, which they will monitor closely.

Ikram’s mother shared: “Thank you for coming in and helping fund my son’s treatment cost. I wouldn’t have been able to make this possible without you.”

Ikram has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of his legs that had a varus condition with bended legs. He is currently on ...

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March 16, 2022

Ikram is a charming and friendly 3-year-old boy. He’s the youngest in a family of four children. Ikram’s mother works as “mamantilie”, which is a phrase used for women cooking street foods. His father is a casual laborer who seeks daily jobs like working at construction sites.

Ikram was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, He has a difficult time walking and playing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Ikram. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 17th. Treatment will hopefully restore Ikram’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Ikram’s mother shared with us how happy she will be to see her son able to walk like other children.

Ikram is a charming and friendly 3-year-old boy. He's the youngest in a family of four children. Ikram’s mother works as “mamantilie”, which...

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Ikram's Timeline

  • March 16, 2022

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

  • March 17, 2022

    Ikram 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.

  • March 18, 2022

    Ikram's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2022

    Ikram's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 18, 2022

    Ikram's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Ikram's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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