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Success! Saruni from Tanzania raised $1,160 for surgery and casting to treat clubfoot.

Saruni
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$1,160
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Fully funded
Saruni's treatment was fully funded on March 19, 2016.

Photo of Saruni post-operation

April 5, 2016

Saruni received successful surgery and casting to treat clubfoot.

“Saruni is doing well. He is on the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “Manipulation and casting is done once every week and that will continue for a few more weeks before tenotomy and casting is done followed by the use of foot abduction braces.”

“I am happy that my son is being treated,” his mother shares. “I have no doubt that in the future he will be able to walk just like other children. I am truly grateful for the financial support, my husband and I wouldn’t have been able to afford it.”

“Saruni is doing well. He is on the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot," explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthca...

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February 10, 2016

Saruni is a one-month-old baby boy, born just this last January in Tanzania. His mother is a homemaker, and his father is a livestock keeper. Two of his siblings attend school, and his parents hope he will one day as well.

At birth, Saruni was diagnosed with bilateral clubfoot. Without intervention, he will be forced to walk on the sides of his feet. His gait and ability to walk will be impacted long-term.

However, with clubfoot surgery, which will cost $1,160, Saruni will be able to run, play, and walk pain-free. This cost includes all post-operative care and medication.

Saruni’s mother states: “I hope that my baby’s feet can be straightened so that when he starts to walk he can walk like other children.”

Saruni is a one-month-old baby boy, born just this last January in Tanzania. His mother is a homemaker, and his father is a livestock keeper...

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Saruni's Timeline

  • February 10, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 11, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saruni 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 5, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saruni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 19, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saruni's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saruni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 42 donors

Funded by 42 donors

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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