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Success! Naisam from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so she can walk as she grows.

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Naisam's treatment was fully funded on August 27, 2022.

Photo of Naisam post-operation

September 6, 2022

Naisam underwent corrective surgery so she can walk as she grows.

Naisam’s surgery was a success. She is recovering well and will be on bed rest for a few weeks before she begins walking on her own!

Naisam’s mother shared, “I believe God wanted the best for my daughter because if someone had asked me a month ago if I would ever be able to treat my daughter’s legs, the answer would have been no. But, through you, my daughter has had her legs corrected successfully. Thank you very much.”

Naisam's surgery was a success. She is recovering well and will be on bed rest for a few weeks before she begins walking on her own! Nais...

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April 7, 2022

Naisam is a 22-month-old baby girl and the youngest in a family of two children. Naisam’s mother is single and sells vegetables by the roadside to provide for her children.

Naisam has been diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Because of her condition, she experiences difficulty walking.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Naisam receive treatment. On April 8th, Naisam will undergo corrective surgery to treat her condition. Treatment will hopefully restore Naisam’s mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Now, she and her mother need help raising $880 to fund her procedure and care.

Naisam’s mother shared, “I was directed here by a man who saw how much my child was struggling to walk. Please help us.”

Naisam is a 22-month-old baby girl and the youngest in a family of two children. Naisam's mother is single and sells vegetables by the roads...

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Naisam's Timeline

  • April 7, 2022

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

  • April 8, 2022

    Naisam 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

    Naisam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 27, 2022

    Naisam's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022

    Naisam's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Naisam'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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