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Success! Sara from Tanzania raised $1,160 for clubfoot treatment to help her walk.

Sara
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Fully funded
Sara's treatment was fully funded on April 3, 2016.

Photo of Sara post-operation

June 13, 2016

Sara received successful clubfoot treatment.

Sarah is on the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot. Manipulation and casting is done once every week. Later on Sarah will need a small operation, followed by the use of night casts. Full treatment will enable Sarah to wear shoes, walk properly and reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis at an early age.

“I am very excited because I know in the near future I will have the ability to walk properly,” shared Sara. “I can’t wait to go back to school walking normally and wearing shoes. Thank you!”

Sarah is on the initial treatment to correct bilateral clubfoot. Manipulation and casting is done once every week. Later on Sarah will need ...

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March 29, 2016

“I hope to become a secondary school teacher when I grow up,” says 15-year-old Sara. Sara just completed her primary education in Tanzania, and did very well. Her favorite subject is science.

“Sara was born with congenital clubfoot,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). This condition caused both of her feet to grow inward and with very high arches. Now, “she is using the lateral aspect of her feet for walking, which has badly affected her gait,” AMHF tells us. “Sara will most likely develop early osteoarthritis if not treated.”

Sara needs surgery to correctly realign her feet. However, working as small scale farmers, Sara’s parents are unable to pay for this treatment. They rely on growing and selling maize and sunflower seeds – barely enough to support Sara and her three younger siblings, let alone additional medical expenses.

$1,160 will fund Sara’s medical treatment - an operation in which doctors will surgically release the overly tight tendons in her feet that are causing them to turn inward. Then her foot and ankle joints can be re-aligned, and casts will hold them in place while they heal. Sara will also receive inpatient care for about four months to ensure that these casts are properly cared for.

After fully recovering from her operation, “Sara will no longer have to use the lateral aspect of her feet for walking,” says AMHF, “that will improve her gait and reduce the risk of developing early osteoarthritis. She will then be able to continue her secondary education and work towards her future goals.”

"I hope to become a secondary school teacher when I grow up," says 15-year-old Sara. Sara just completed her primary education in Tanzania, ...

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Sara's Timeline

  • March 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sara was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • March 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sara 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.

  • April 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 03, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sara's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 13, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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