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Success! Emanuel from Tanzania raised $1,160 for clubfoot treatment.

Emanuel
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  • $1,160 raised, $0 to go
$1,160
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Emanuel's treatment was fully funded on October 17, 2016.

Photo of Emanuel post-operation

November 15, 2016

Emanuel successfully was treated for clubfoot.

Emanuel is doing great! The correction for his left foot was a great success and he’s currently progressing through his right foot’s correction treatment. Even though his right foot will still be in a cast for several weeks, Emanuel shares that he is so happy to find both of his feet straight! He is on track for a fully recovery.

Emanuel shares, “I cannot wait to play football again!”

Emanuel is doing great! The correction for his left foot was a great success and he's currently progressing through his right foot's correct...

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September 22, 2016

Nine-year-old Emanuel lives with his family in Tanzania. He presented to The Plaster House, a Watsi partner center, after being diagnosed during an outreach program with clubfoot. Clubfoot is a congenital condition which leads to the feet turning inward, causing an inability to walk properly and participate in daily activities.

In 2015 he had a successful manipulation and correction of his left foot, and has been using his night cast well to hold his foot in position. He has returned to the centre for treatment of his right foot. For $1,160, we can help fund this treatment, which will allow Emanuel to have a fully normal gait. Treatment includes a small surgery, cast changes, and long-term rehabilitation before he returns home.

Emanuel loves to play and comes alive when the football is brought out at The Plaster House. He is excited that his other foot will be corrected.

“I cannot wait for my next foot to be straightened so I can walk better,” he shared.

Nine-year-old Emanuel lives with his family in Tanzania. He presented to The Plaster House, a Watsi partner center, after being diagnosed du...

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Emanuel's Timeline

  • September 22, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Emanuel was submitted by Sarah Rejman, Rehab Surgery Project Program Director at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • September 23, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Emanuel 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 25, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Emanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Emanuel's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Emanuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 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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