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Success! Misael from Venezuela raised $1,422 to fund clubfoot repair surgery.

Misael
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$1,422
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Fully funded
Misael's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2022.
February 16, 2022

Misael is a smiley nine-month-old baby boy from Venezuela. His family moved to MedellĂ­n in Colombia after he was born, where his father works in construction and his mother is caring for Misael and dedicated to giving him all of her love. His smile is contagious and his energy is endless!

Misael has clubfoot on his left foot. Clubfoot is a congenital musculoskeletal condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and wearing shoes.

Misael and his family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel, where they can offer him the life-changing treatment he needs. Fortunately, on March 14th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery to correct his foot. Our medical partner is raising $1,422 to help fund Misael’s surgery. After treatment, he will be able to walk and wear shoes as he grows up and eventually run around and play with his friends!

His mother said, “Thank you so much for everything you are doing, being in Medellín and finding you has been a blessing.”

Misael is a smiley nine-month-old baby boy from Venezuela. His family moved to MedellĂ­n in Colombia after he was born, where his father work...

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Misael's Timeline

  • February 16, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Misael was submitted by SofĂ­a Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at ClĂ­nica Noel.

  • March 1, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Misael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Misael was scheduled to receive treatment at ClĂ­nica Noel in Colombia. 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 6, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Misael's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Misael's treatment update from ClĂ­nica Noel.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,422 for Misael's treatment
Hospital Fees
$708
Medical Staff
$624
Medication
$90
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot have one or both feet turned inward, which might lead to complex extremity malformations, walking limitations, tight heel cord, and pain during walking.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot might experience pain while walking or not be able to walk, might not be able to wear shoes, and end up being subject to bullying at school. If the condition is not treated, the patient might be in constant pain and it’s possible to develop arthritis.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many patients in Colombia live in rural areas, their families don’t have health insurance coverage nor money to pay for the treatment, they don’t have access to specialized centers, and have to travel long distances, which leads families to abandon the treatments.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

When patients visit a doctor, they are redirected to a pediatric orthopedist, who starts the treatment with some casts which are changed weekly and later performs a low invasive surgery when early diagnosed. In case the patient is not treated opportunely, or treatment is abandoned, reconstructive surgery might be needed.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

When the patient gets the treatment, an anatomic and functional correction of the extremity is performed, the patient will be able to wear shoes and to walk without pain, there’s an esthetic improvement which leads to stronger self-esteem and reduces the risk of psychological affections resulting from bullying.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There’s a chance this treatment leaves residual malformations, scars, or relapses of the treatment. As in any surgery, there is a risk of bleeding and infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Reconstructive surgery with highly complex osteotomies and tendon transfers.

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