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Success! Sioni from Tanzania raised $935 to fund a clubfoot repair surgery to help her walk.

Sioni
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Sioni's treatment was fully funded on March 15, 2022.

Photo of Sioni post-operation

April 5, 2022

Sioni underwent a clubfoot repair surgery to help her walk.

Sioni’s clubfoot treatment is going well! She’s been undergoing several castings to prepare for a final surgery to fully heal. This treatment will help Sioni to walk and be able to wear shoes as she grows up.

Sioni’s mother says, “Thank you very much, and may God bless you!”

Sioni’s clubfoot treatment is going well! She's been undergoing several castings to prepare for a final surgery to fully heal. This treatmen...

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February 17, 2022

Sioni is a 17-month old girl and the only child to her young mother. Sioni’s mom never had a chance to go to school herself, and is the second wife to her husband, who has two wives and seven children. Sioni’s father is a livestock keeper and a small-scale farmer. They come from a Maasai community where health facilities are a long distance away, and frequently are unable to go to hospitals due to financial challenges. Due to this reality, Sioni was born at home through the help of midwives.

Sioni was born with clubfoot on both feet. Clubfoot is a congenital musculoskeletal condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes patients to have a great deal of difficulty walking and wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Sioni’s family traveled to our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, where she will receive treatment for her condition. There, on February 18th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on both of Sioni’s feet. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Sioni’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily, and grow up to run and play like other children.

Sioni’s mother says, “I would like my daughter to be like other children.”

Sioni is a 17-month old girl and the only child to her young mother. Sioni's mom never had a chance to go to school herself, and is the seco...

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Sioni's Timeline

  • February 16, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sioni received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • February 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sioni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sioni's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sioni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Sioni's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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