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Success! Herrieth from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Herrieth
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Herrieth's treatment was fully funded on February 6, 2021.

Photo of Herrieth post-operation

February 19, 2021

Herrieth underwent clubfoot treatment.

Herrieth’s manipulation and casting is going well and she is showing great improvement in each cast change. This treatment is helping correct her feet, which will help her learn how to stand and walk with ease like other children when the time comes. This would have be very challenging and slow if she didn’t receive this treatment. Also through this treatment, Herrieth’s mother is more hopeful that she will be able to lead a normal life free of discrimination due to disability.

Herrieth’s mother said, “God shall bless you all for the great help and support that you have provided to my daughter so that she can grow up being a normal child and not a disabled child. Thank you very much.”

Herrieth’s manipulation and casting is going well and she is showing great improvement in each cast change. This treatment is helping correc...

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January 11, 2021

Herrieth is a one-month-old beautiful girl and the firstborn to her young parents who recently graduated from college. Herrieth’s father graduated as a clinical officer, while her mother graduated as a nurse. Unfortunately, both parents have not been able to get an employment opportunity yet. They now help each other make a living through a small business of selling fish in order to be able to raise and take care of their baby.

Herrieth was born with a bilateral clubfoot, which her parents were informed is treatable, but due to financial challenges they couldn’t afford the treatment cost. If not treated, Harrieth will not be able to walk properly as she develops and her chances of growing up with disability will be very high. Her parents got to know about Watsi’s medical partner and the possibility for their daughter to have her feet corrected, thus they are asking for help.

Fortunately, Herrieth’s family traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre and The Plaster House. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 12th and provide critical follow-up care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Herrieth’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, as she grows older, she will be able to walk easily, run, and play.

Herrieth’s mother says: “We would love to see our daughter lead a normal life without the challenges that come along with being disabled. Please help her.”

Herrieth is a one-month-old beautiful girl and the firstborn to her young parents who recently graduated from college. Herrieth’s father gra...

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Herrieth's Timeline

  • January 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Herrieth was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • January 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Herrieth 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.

  • January 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Herrieth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 06, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Herrieth's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Herrieth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Herrieth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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