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Success! Laleti from Tanzania raised $880 to fund mobility restoring leg surgery.

Laleti
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
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Fully funded
Laleti's treatment was fully funded on December 7, 2020.

Photo of Laleti post-operation

August 7, 2020

Laleti underwent mobility restoring leg surgery.

Laleti had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her bowed legs. Through this treatment, Laleti will be able to walk with ease and will no longer experience pain. She will be able to start walking after four weeks and her cast will be removed in six weeks time.

Laleti’s mother shared, “Thank you very much for giving my daughter a chance to have her legs corrected. We would not have been able to afford the treatment cost if it was not for your help and support. God bless you all.”

Laleti had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her bowed legs. Through this treatment, Laleti will be able to walk with eas...

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July 22, 2020

Laleti is a girl from Tanzania. She is beautiful, friendly, and is an only child to her parents. Her parents are small-scale farmers. Laleti’s mother also sells cassavas in the evening to be able to make extra income.

Laleti was diagnosed with right genu valgus. Her right leg is bowed at the knee. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, it is difficult for her to walk.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Laleti. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 23rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Laleti’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Laleti’s mother says, “We were sad to see our daughter struggling to walk but due to lack of money we have not been able to treat her. Please help our daughter.”

Laleti is a girl from Tanzania. She is beautiful, friendly, and is an only child to her parents. Her parents are small-scale farmers. Laleti...

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Laleti's Timeline

  • July 22, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Laleti was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • July 22, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Laleti's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 23, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Laleti received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • August 07, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Laleti's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 07, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Laleti's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Laleti's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • 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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James

James is a 52-year-old boda-boda driver from Kenya. He is a father to four children, all of whom are adults. His wife is a homemaker, and he is the sole breadwinner for the family. On February 5th, 2021, James was in a road traffic accident and sustained a burst fracture of T12 spinal cord transection. Immediately after the accident, he was aware of the intensity of the injury because he could not use his lower limbs and had a sharp pain in the mid-back. He was assisted by well-wishers and was rushed to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital, where the orthopaedic team ran x-rays and other tests. Now, James needs to undergo a posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion, a procedure that is aimed at stabilizing his spine and avoiding future complications. However, James does not have medical coverage and is therefore required to raise the full deposit for his surgery. He has raised some financial contributions from friends and relatives, but needs additional support for his care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping James receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a spinal fusion procedure on February 10th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,500, and will hopefully allow James' legs to heal and regain some mobility. James shared, “I hope I will be able use my legs again. I need help both surgically and financially given that the cost of the surgery is high and I am unable to afford.”

86% funded

86%funded
$1,292raised
$207to go

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