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Success! Dina from Tanzania raised $940 for corrective surgery to help her walk again.

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Dina's treatment was fully funded on May 6, 2016.

Photo of Dina post-operation

May 30, 2016

Dina received successful corrective surgery.

“Dina is doing well,” her medical team reports. “She had bilateral genu valgus and corrective surgery was done successfully. Currently Dina is on long leg casts while the wounds are healing. Dina will later need physical exercises to help her walk after not walking for over a month. Complete treatment will allow Dina to have straight lower limbs, better gait and reduced risk of developing osteoarthritis at an early age.”

“I am happy that I am on treatment and I’m doing well,” Dina said. “I will be able to walk properly and long distance to school once I recover. Thank you!”

"Dina is doing well," her medical team reports. "She had bilateral genu valgus and corrective surgery was done successfully. Currently Dina ...

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April 21, 2016

“Dina, a 16-year-old girl from Tanzania, is the fifth-born in a family of eight children,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “She barely managed to complete the last year of her primary school education due to the condition of her legs.”

Dina has a condition commonly known as knocked knees. Despite the pain, she “did well in her final exams and was chosen to continue with secondary education,” continues AMHF. “Dina had no problems with her legs at all until two years ago when her limbs slowly started to bow inwards causing her to knock her knees when walking.”

Dina currently walks with difficulty, and is unable to run. “She complains of feeling pain on the knees after walking a long distance,” AMHF explains. “If not treated, Dina will be at risk of developing osteoarthritis at an early age.”

Dina will need surgery to treat her knocked knees, but her parents are small-scale farmers and can only afford supporting their family’s basic needs. “Dina’s mother also buys and sells charcoal, but still what they earn is not enough to cover the cost of corrective surgery which their daughter needs,” says AMHF.

$940 will enable Dina to undergo surgery to correct the alignment of her legs so that they no longer hit one another when she walks and runs. This will eliminate her discomfort and prevent her from prematurely developing osteoarthritis.

“My wish is to one day become a secondary school teacher,” Dina said.

"Dina, a 16-year-old girl from Tanzania, is the fifth-born in a family of eight children," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare F...

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Dina's Timeline

  • April 21, 2016

    Dina was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • April 22, 2016

    Dina 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.

  • May 02, 2016

    Dina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 06, 2016

    Dina's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 30, 2016

    Dina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 33 donors

Funded by 33 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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