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Success! Yusuph from Tanzania raised $880 to fund a corrective surgery for his knee condition.

Yusuph
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$880
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Fully funded
Yusuph's treatment was fully funded on January 18, 2021.

Photo of Yusuph post-operation

February 15, 2021

Yusuph underwent a corrective surgery for his knee condition.

Yusuph has had a successful surgery which has helped correct both of his legs which had bowed making walking very challenging. Through his treatment, Yusuph will now have straight legs and be able to walk like other children and lead a full, normal life. Yusuph currently has a full cast on both of his legs and has been on bed rest for four weeks. His cast is being removed on February 15th and soon he will be able to head home.

Yusuph’s mother says, “God bless you so much, we couldn’t afford our son’s treatment cost but through your funding help our son has had a successful surgery. Thank you very much.”

Yusuph has had a successful surgery which has helped correct both of his legs which had bowed making walking very challenging. Through his t...

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December 31, 2020

Yusuph is a young boy from Tanzania. He is three years old and the last born child in a family of six children. Yusuph is very playful and already very social with his friends.

Currently, Yusuph experiences pain when he walks for a long-distance or after a long day of play. He was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, also known as bowleggedness. The condition causes his legs to bow inward so that his knees touch. Genu varus is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Yusuph. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 5th. Treatment will hopefully restore Yusuph’s mobility, decrease his risk of future complications, and improve his quality of life.

Yusuph’s mother shared, “Please help my son. He is struggling a lot and the cost of treatment is too high for us to afford.”

Yusuph is a young boy from Tanzania. He is three years old and the last born child in a family of six children. Yusuph is very playful and a...

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Yusuph's Timeline

  • December 31, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yusuph was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yusuph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yusuph 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.

  • January 18, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yusuph's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yusuph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Yusuph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$831
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.