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Success! Susan from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot correction.

Susan
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Susan's treatment was fully funded on February 21, 2020.

Photo of Susan post-operation

December 4, 2019

Susan underwent clubfoot correction.

Susan’s treatment of clubfoot through casting and manipulation is going well. She is going to continue with casting and manipulation until February when she will have her Achilles tendon lengthened to be able to walk like other children her age.

Susan’s father says, “We didn’t have money to take her to hospital and tried to use traditional medicines but didn’t help. Thank you for coming in and helping fund her treatment cost.”

Susan’s treatment of clubfoot through casting and manipulation is going well. She is going to continue with casting and manipulation until F...

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November 18, 2019

Susan is a young girl from Tanzania. She is the second born child in a family of four children. She is a happy girl and always has a smile on her face. Susan has not had the chance to join school yet due to her feet being wrongly positioned making walking difficult. Her parents are concerned that she will struggle to walk to and from school every day. The school is a long distance from their home and her parents can’t afford to pay for motor bike rides to school. Both her parents depend on small scale farming for their daily life living.

Fortunately, Susan traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Susan’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, She will be able to walk easily.

Susan’s father says, “Please help treat our daughter’s legs we can’t afford the treatment cost.”

Susan is a young girl from Tanzania. She is the second born child in a family of four children. She is a happy girl and always has a smile o...

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Susan's Timeline

  • November 18, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Susan was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • November 21, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Susan 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.

  • November 25, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Susan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 04, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Susan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Susan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Susan'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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