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Success! Gift from Tanzania raised $935 to fund life-changing clubfoot surgery.

Gift
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Gift's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2021.

Photo of Gift post-operation

September 3, 2021

Gift underwent life-changing clubfoot treatment.

Gift’s surgery went well, and he is now undergoing cast changes to help fully heal his clubfoot! The medical team plans for one more surgery, which will enable him to walk again without any difficulty and live a full life ahead.

Gift’s mother shared, “I am eagerly waiting to see him wear shoes and walk like other normal children. Thank you very much for helping correct my son’s foot.”

Gift's surgery went well, and he is now undergoing cast changes to help fully heal his clubfoot! The medical team plans for one more surgery...

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July 11, 2021

Gift is curious, charming, and social two-year-old boy. He’s the second born child in a family of three children. Both of his parents are small scale farmers who grow maize, beans, and vegetables for their food. They also go out to seek other work, such as helping on other farms, to earn an income.

Gift has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Gift receive treatment. On July 13th, surgeons at AMH’s care center will perform clubfoot repair surgery. Now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Gift’s procedure. After treatment, Gift will be able to walk and wear shoes.

Gift’s mother shared, “I know my son will be very happy to be able to wear shoes and walk in a normal way. Please help him have this treatment.”

Gift is curious, charming, and social two-year-old boy. He's the second born child in a family of three children. Both of his parents are sm...

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Gift's Timeline

  • July 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gift was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gift 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.

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gift's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gift's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gift's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Gift'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.