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Success! Mohammad from Tanzania raised $890 to fund foot surgery.

Mohammad
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mohammad's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Mohammad post-operation

September 28, 2017

Mohammad underwent foot surgery.

Mohammad is doing well. He currently has a cast on, and he will continue with casting and manipulation to correct his foot, which will allow him to have a better gait and be pain-free. He will be able to walk and attend school.

Mohammad’s mother says, “I am grateful for the help to treat my son, I had lost hope that he will ever walk normally. But now I can see him getting better and better.”

Mohammad is doing well. He currently has a cast on, and he will continue with casting and manipulation to correct his foot, which will allow...

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September 11, 2017

Mohammad is a five-year-old boy growing up in Tanzania. He is the third born child in a family of three kids.

Mohammad was born with clubfoot, which means that both his feet are turned inwards at his ankles. Consequently, he experiences difficulty whenever he tries to walk. Due to his condition, he has not started school yet because his mother thinks that he will have a hard time coping with the pain.

Mohammad is now scheduled to undergo surgery on September 12 to realign the positioning of his feet. Although his family has contributed $22 to the cost of the procedure, his mother does not make enough income as a casual laborer to pay for the rest. As a result, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting an additional $890 to support the expenses of the surgery and patient care.

Though it is difficult being a single parent, Mohammad’s mother remains optimistic for her son, saying, “I am hopeful that my child will get better. Thank you for helping to treat my son.”

Mohammad is a five-year-old boy growing up in Tanzania. He is the third born child in a family of three kids. Mohammad was born with club...

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Mohammad's Timeline

  • September 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 12, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mohammad 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.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mohammad's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mohammad's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mohammad's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Mohammad's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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