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Success! Ayubu from Tanzania raised $1,160 for clubfoot treatment to help him walk.

Ayubu
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Ayubu's treatment was fully funded on April 2, 2016.

Photo of Ayubu post-operation

June 16, 2016

Ayubu received successful clubfoot treatment.

Ayuba is on the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot. Cast change is done once every week and that will continue for a few more weeks before a small surgery is done followed by the use of night casts. Complete treatment will allow Ayuba to walk on plantigrade and reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis at an early age.

“I am very thankful that my son is on treatment,” shares Ayuba’s father. “We will take better care of him after treatment so that he won’t have to miss going to school anymore because of inability to walk fast and long distances. Thank you!”

Ayuba is on the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot. Cast change is done once every week and that will continue for a few more w...

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March 29, 2016

A six-year-old boy, Ayubu likes to skip rope and play football with the other children in his village in Tanzania.

Despite his love for being active, Ayubu has been diagnosed with bilateral congenital clubfoot. He was treated as a baby, but it has since relapsed. He needs proper medical treatment to ensure he can recover permanently.

“If not treated, Ayubu will be at risk of developing osteoarthiritis at a young age,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), reports.

Clubfoot is a developmental disorder that results in the feet turning inwards and with very high arches. To treat his condition, Ayubu will undergo a surgical procedure called a tenotomy, which is the release of of an overly tight tendon, and will also have to wear casts to realign the foot and ankle joint.

$1,160 will cover the cost of the surgical and casting procedures, along with a four-month stay in Plaster House, a home where children can recover after surgery. After treatment, “Ayubu’s gait will improve and he won’t be feeling pain in his ankles when walking,” AMHF explains.

“I hope my son will be able to walk properly so that he can walk to school with ease,” Ayubu’s father shares.

A six-year-old boy, Ayubu likes to skip rope and play football with the other children in his village in Tanzania. Despite his love for b...

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Ayubu's Timeline

  • March 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ayubu was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ayubu 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 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ayubu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ayubu's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ayubu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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