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Mgosi from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Mgosi
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mgosi's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Mgosi post-operation

December 6, 2020

Mgosi underwent clubfoot treatment.

Mgosi’s clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting went well! She had three cast changes on her foot and is ready for a tenotomy. Through this treatment Mgosi’s right foot is now in a normal position something that will help her to be able to stand and walk like other normal children.

Mgosi’s mother says, “God bless you all abundantly for helping correct my daughter’s foot. I am looking forward to seeing her walk like other normal children.”

Mgosi’s clubfoot treatment of manipulation and casting went well! She had three cast changes on her foot and is ready for a tenotomy. Throug...

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October 7, 2020

Mgosi is a 17-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is a beautiful, friendly, and playful girl. She is the last born to her mother, who has three children, and shared that Mgosi’s father is polygamous with three wives and a total of twelve children.

Mgosi was born with a right clubfoot that has made her not able to learn how to walk until now. Mgosi was born at home with the help of a midwife and her parents were informed about her condition and advised to seek treatment for her. Due to financial challenges, they have not been able to do so. Both of her parents are small-scale farmers and sell a small amount of their harvest in order to buy other basic commodities. Our medical partner’s outreach team visited their village and Mgosi’s parents got to hear about ALMC Hospital and The Plaster House. They decided to seek help for her.

Mgosi has been diagnosed with right clubfoot and an umbilical hernia, which both need to be corrected. For her clubfoot, she will start with manipulation and casting to help corrected her foot enabling her to be able to walk like her age mates and save her from the challenges she is going through at the moment. Thereafter, she will be able to have her umbilical hernia corrected.

Mgosi’s family traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 9th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Mgosi’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to ambulate with ease.

Mgosi’s mother shared, “I would love to see my daughter walk like other children of her age please help my daughter. The cost is too high for us to afford it.”

Mgosi is a 17-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is a beautiful, friendly, and playful girl. She is the last born to her mother, who has...

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Mgosi's Timeline

  • October 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mgosi was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • October 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mgosi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 09, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mgosi 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.

  • December 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mgosi's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 06, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Mgosi. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Mgosi'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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