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Zakia from Tanzania raised $940 so she can walk without pain.

Zakia
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  • $940 raised, $0 to go
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Zakia's treatment was fully funded on June 22, 2015.

Photo of Zakia post-operation

August 26, 2015

Zakia received treatment so she can walk without pain.

“Zakia is doing very well,” Zakia’s doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) reports. “The surgery to straighten her right leg was done successfully and currently Zakia is on physical therapy. She is walking with support, using a walking frame. As she continues with everyday exercises, Zakia will be able to walk properly and will also be out of the risk of developing osteoarthritis at an early age.”

Zakia shares, “I still want to go to school like my brothers, so I hope when I go back home with a straight leg and am walking properly I will get a chance to enroll in school.”

"Zakia is doing very well," Zakia's doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) reports. "The surgery to straighten her right leg...

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June 22, 2015

“I would like to go to school like my brothers,” says Zakia, a four-year-old girl from Tanzania. One of eleven siblings, Zakia dreams of being able to run, play, and attend school like the rest of her siblings. She is limited, however, by genu varum—a misalignment of the knee joint and femur which not only makes it difficult for her to walk, but also causes her severe knee pain.

Genu varum is common in Tanzania due to high levels of fluoride in drinking water. Treatment involves a long-term process of casting, surgery, and physiotherapy.

Zakia’s parents are small scale farmers, but with a large family to look after they have been unable to raise the money needed for her treatment. $940 will support her complete stay in both the hospital and Plaster House, a rehabilitation facility that specializes in postoperative care for children.

With treatment, “Zakia’s gait will improve and the chances of her developing early osteoarthritis will greatly decrease,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). She will be able to play like other children her age and will be able to attend school just like her brothers.

“I would like to go to school like my brothers,” says Zakia, a four-year-old girl from Tanzania. One of eleven siblings, Zakia dreams of bei...

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Zakia's Timeline

  • June 22, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Zakia was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • June 22, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zakia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 22, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zakia's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 23, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zakia 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 26, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Zakia. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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