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Success! Linah from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot treatment.

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

Photo of Linah post-operation

November 3, 2017

Linah underwent clubfoot treatment.

Linah is doing well. She currently has casts on, and she will continue with casting and manipulation for a few more weeks to correct her feet, which will allow her to have better mobility. She will be able to walk and attend school when she grows up.

Linah’s mother says, “I am very glad that my daughter will be able to walk well without pain, I am grateful for this treatment. Thank you.”

Linah is doing well. She currently has casts on, and she will continue with casting and manipulation for a few more weeks to correct her fee...

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October 15, 2017

Linah is a happy and gentle two-month-old baby. She lives with her parents and four siblings in Tanzania. Linah’s father is an entrepreneur, and her mother is a secondary school teacher.

Linah was born with a left clubfoot. The foot looks like it is turned inwards at the ankle and upwards. This may cause Linah difficulty when attending school or engaging in life activities when she grows up. Doctors have recommended clubfoot repair surgery, scheduled for October 17.

Her parents have contributed $45 towards her treatment. However, her father is the only one working at this time, so her parents cannot afford to pay the full treatment cost. She still needs $890 to fully fund her treatment.

Linah’s father says, “I will be very grateful to see Linah get treatment and I promise to take Linah to school up to a university graduate level one day when she grows up”.

When treated, Linah will be able to walk without difficulty, and she will be able to attend school..

Linah is a happy and gentle two-month-old baby. She lives with her parents and four siblings in Tanzania. Linah’s father is an entrepreneur,...

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Linah's Timeline

  • October 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Linah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Linah 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.

  • November 03, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Linah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Linah's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Linah'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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