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Success! Leah from Tanzania raised $838 to fund surgery on her leg.

Leah
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Leah's treatment was fully funded on October 13, 2019.

Photo of Leah post-operation

October 19, 2019

Leah underwent surgery on her leg.

Leah’s surgery to help straighten her left leg that had bowed went well. She is currently in a full cast which is not weight-bearing. This surgery will allow Leah to be able to walk normally again without difficulty or pain due to the curving. Due to how much her bones had been affected, her doctor says chances of recurrence are high thus she might need another surgery later on.

Leah’s mother says, “God bless you all for your kindness and support, God shall reward you.”

Leah’s surgery to help straighten her left leg that had bowed went well. She is currently in a full cast which is not weight-bearing. This s...

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September 11, 2019

Leah is a child from Tanzania. She is the first born child in her small family, she a playful and curious little girl. Leah’s mother is a stay home mother and her father works as a casual labor.

Leah was diagnosed with left genu varus. Her left leg is bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Leah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 13th. Treatment will hopefully restore Leah’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Leah’s mother say, “Please help my daughter get this treatment so he is able to walk without pain or difficulty.”

Leah is a child from Tanzania. She is the first born child in her small family, she a playful and curious little girl. Leah’s mother is a st...

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Leah's Timeline

  • September 11, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 13, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leah 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 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 13, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leah's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 19, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Leah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.