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Success! Lily from Tanzania raised $838 to fund knee surgery.

Lily
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  • $838 raised, $0 to go
$838
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lily's treatment was fully funded on December 3, 2019.

Photo of Lily post-operation

November 10, 2019

Lily underwent knee surgery.

Lily has had a successful surgery that has helped straighten both of her legs which have made walking for her painful and exhausting. On the second day after surgery, she started complaining of pain on the right leg, the cast was released and reinforced again and she was fine. This is why she stayed one day more. Through this surgery, her legs are now straight and she will be able to walk normally again. She is currently on full cast of both legs where she will be starting her ambulation on 11.11.2019 and have her cast removed on 25.11.2019.

Lily’s mother says, “Thank you very much for helping fund my daughter’s treatment cost God bless you.”

Lily has had a successful surgery that has helped straighten both of her legs which have made walking for her painful and exhausting. On the...

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October 10, 2019

Lily is a young girl from Tanzania. Lily is a playful and friendly girl, the fifth born in a family of six children. She is in kindergarten. Lilly walks with difficulties due to the genu valgus condition. Her parents noticed Lily’s knocked knees, that had changed her walking style. Unable to seek better treatment plan for her, the parents decided to pray for her. Unfortunately, nothing was changing. Lily’s uncle referred them to a facility near their village, before being referred to our hospital. Upon review, Lily was diagnosed with genu valgus and a distal femoral osteotomy surgery recommended. Upon successful treatment, Lily will be able to walk with ease and regain an upright gait. Lily comes from a humble background. Her parents are peasant farmers relying on their small piece of land to earn a living. They delayed taking Lily to the hospital due to financial lack. The mother is afraid that without money, she still will not be able to afford care for her beloved girl. They appeal for help

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Lily. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Lily’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Lily’s mother says, “I would love to see my daughter’s legs normal but we are unable to afford the cost, kindly help her.”

Lily is a young girl from Tanzania. Lily is a playful and friendly girl, the fifth born in a family of six children. She is in kindergarten....

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Lily's Timeline

  • October 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lily 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.

  • October 16, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lily's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lily's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 03, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lily's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Lily's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

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. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.