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Success! Sharlyn from Kenya raised $1,286 to fund clubfoot surgery so she can run and play.

Sharlyn
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  • $1,286 raised, $0 to go
$1,286
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sharlyn's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Sharlyn post-operation

February 8, 2022

Sharlyn underwent clubfoot surgery so she can run and play.

Sharlyn was admitted to our medical partner’s care center and underwent 2 weeks of casting to soften the tissue and now has undergone a successful clubfoot surgery. Now she can wear shoes comfortably, walk with confidence, and is able to play with friends at home and at school.

“I would like to thank the donors for the support. May the Almighty God bless them abundantly. I can smile and my daughter can smile too, so we are happy.’’ Sharlyn’s mother told us.

Sharlyn was admitted to our medical partner's care center and underwent 2 weeks of casting to soften the tissue and now has undergone a succ...

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December 6, 2021

Sharlyn is a 6-year-old girl. She’s the fifth and last born in her family. Her mother is a single parent who does farming to earn a living and provide for them. Together their family of 6 lives in a 3-roomed mud house in a village in rural Kenya.

Sherlyn was born with a clubfoot on her right foot. She limps as she walks, feels pain because of straining, and cannot play with her friends while at school because of her condition.

Fortunately, Sharlyn and mother traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Sharlyn’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk well, wear shoes and play with her friends. However, the family is appealing for financial assistance as they cannot manage to raise the funds needed for the surgery.

Sharlyn’s mother says, “I’d love to see my daughter walking like other girls. Any help meant to help her walk well will be very much appreciated.”

Sharlyn is a 6-year-old girl. She's the fifth and last born in her family. Her mother is a single parent who does farming to earn a living a...

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Sharlyn's Timeline

  • December 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sharlyn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sharlyn received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • December 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sharlyn's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sharlyn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,286 for Sharlyn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$273
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$179
Supplies
$396
Labs
$37
Radiology
$27
Other
$61
  • 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 in Kenya. 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.

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. AIC Cure International Hospital is one of the few pediatric orthopedic hospitals devoted to serving the physically disabled children of Kenya. Most parents bring their children from remote areas to seek treatment.

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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