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Adrian from Tanzania raised $940 so he can walk without pain.

Adrian
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  • $940 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Adrian's treatment was fully funded on August 18, 2015.

Photo of Adrian post-operation

September 20, 2015

Adrian began treatment to help him walk normally.

“Adrian had surgery to correct bilateral genu varus on September 4th,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “The surgery was successful and Adrian is in long leg casts while the wounds are healing. After four weeks Adrian will start ambulation and when the casts are removed, Adrian will continue with exercises. Adrian’s limbs are expected to be straight, allowing him to walk properly.”

“I cannot wait to see my son walking again,” says Adrian’s mother. “I hope his gait will be better so that he can walk to school and catch up with other children when playing. My husband and I are grateful for the financial support; we wouldn’t have done it on our own.”

"Adrian had surgery to correct bilateral genu varus on September 4th," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. "T...

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August 6, 2015

Meet Adrian, a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), says, “Adrian likes being around other children and to play, he especially enjoys scribbling things on a piece of paper, coloring some pictures, and playing with Lego blocks.”

When Adrian was two years old, “His mother saw that her son’s legs were unusually bowing outwards and that his gait was gradually changing; she started giving him some multivitamins and other herbal remedies, but nothing helped,” AMHF explains.

Adrian has a condition called bilateral genu varus. This is the misalignment of the knee joint and femur, common in Tanzania as a result of the high levels of fluoride in the water. AMHF reports, “Adrian is unable to walk properly, he wiggles when walking and sometimes he falls down when he tries to run – if not treated, Adrian will have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age.”

Adrian needs a surgery called an osteotomy to re-align the bones and the joint. $940 will fund Adrian’s surgery, hospital stay, antibiotics, painkillers and recovery care. Funding also provides for Adrian’s four-month stay at Plaster House—a rehabilitation facility in which medical staff supervise the children’s care, while housemothers look after them on a daily basis.

Adrian’s mother says, “I just hope that his legs can be straightened so that he can continue with normal growth, have the ability to walk to school and do other things like his siblings.”

Meet Adrian, a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), says, “Adrian likes bein...

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Adrian's Timeline

  • August 6, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Adrian was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 7, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Adrian received treatment. 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.

  • August 11, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Adrian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 18, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Adrian's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 20, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Adrian. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

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Minea

Minea is a sweet, nap-loving two-year-old boy. He is the first child in his family, and his parents work as rice farmers. They shared that Minea loves to play with toys and take a good nap, if not two, every day! Minea also loves to eat and cuddle with his parents. In December 2021, Minea and his mother were in a motorcycle accident that injured Minea's left shoulder. His parents took him to the local hospital for X-rays and care; however, his shoulder is still dislocated, meaning he cannot lift his arm or grasp objects with his hand. Minea has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Minea's family brought him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in February to undergo physiotherapy for his injury. Since there has been no improvement after three months of physiotherapy, CSC's specialty surgeons determined that Minea needs to undergo a nerve transfer surgery to heal. CSC is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available, and, on April 21st, Minea will undergo surgery. His doctors shared that, after recovery, his nerve graft should regenerate so he can use his arm again. CSC is requesting $709 to fund this procedure. Minea's parents hope their child will have a successful surgery and he will be able to fully use his hand as he grows up.

18% funded

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$130raised
$579to go

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