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Success! Ivan from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot repair.

Ivan
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
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$0
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Fully funded
Ivan's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2020.

Photo of Ivan post-operation

May 15, 2020

Ivan underwent clubfoot repair.

Ivan has started his manipulation and casting treatment to help correct both of his feet that have congenital clubfoot. This treatment is going to help him have normal positioned feet, allowing him to learn how to walk with ease just like other normal children. With time, he will be able to wear shoes and not be discriminated due to his disability, and he can lead a normal life.

Ivan’s mother told us, “All I can say is thank you very much for helping support my son’s treatment cost which I couldn’t afford. My mind is now at peace knowing my son won’t grow up being labelled as disabled and he will be able to walk like other children.”

Ivan has started his manipulation and casting treatment to help correct both of his feet that have congenital clubfoot. This treatment is go...

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March 12, 2020

Ivan is a baby boy from Tanzania. He is a healthy and jovial little baby, the only child to his parents. His father denied Ivan’s pregnancy when his mother informed him and since then, offers no support to Ivan’s mom. Upon delivery, Ivan’s mother was informed of a congenital condition of her son. Through a Facebook post of Plaster House, his mother decided to bring him for review and Ivan was diagnosed with bilateral clubfoot. Doctors recommend a treatment plan of clubfoot manipulation and casting. 

Ivan’s mother is a small business operator selling bananas near her village to make a living. Without financial assistance, Ivan’s mother will not be able to pay for her son’s surgery. She appeals for financial support.

Ivan has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Ivan traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ivan’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, Ivan will be able to walk easily.

Ivan’s mother says, “I would love to see my son walk like other normal children and not have to go through difficulty in walking or discriminated due to disability. Please help treat my him since the cost is too high for me to afford.”

Ivan is a baby boy from Tanzania. He is a healthy and jovial little baby, the only child to his parents. His father denied Ivan's pregnancy ...

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Ivan's Timeline

  • March 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ivan was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ivan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ivan 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.

  • May 15, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ivan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 29, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ivan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Ivan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • 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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