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

Isaya
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$880
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Fully funded
Isaya's treatment was fully funded on April 12, 2021.

Photo of Isaya post-operation

March 29, 2021

Isaya underwent a corrective surgery for his knee condition.

Isaya’s surgery to correct his leg, which was making walking painful and difficult for him, was a success. He’s currently in a full cast and bed rest for the next four weeks, and after that he will be able to start ambulation and have his cast removed. As a result of this treatment, Isaya will soon be able to walk well and resume carrying out his daily life activities without the challenges he was facing before this treatment. Ultimately, he will be able to lead a full life free of disability.

Isaya shared, “Thank you very much for helping correct my leg and am looking forward to getting back on my feet and being able to help my parents and siblings again.”

Isaya’s surgery to correct his leg, which was making walking painful and difficult for him, was a success. He's currently in a full cast and...

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January 21, 2021

Isaya is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of three children. Isaya never had the chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. Despite not going to school, Isaya has been a very hardworking young man who helps his father look after the cattle.

Isaya was born healthy and his growth has been normal, until last year when he noticed his right leg was bending inwards. He says the bend was very slight but over time it has increased significantly. Isaya has been walking over a long distance in search of green pasture for his father’s cattle. However, due to his leg, Isaya can no longer go out with the cattle.

Isaya was diagnosed with right genu valgus, or bowleggedness. His leg is bowed inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is in pain and discomfort after walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Isaya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Isaya’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Isaya shared, “I am unable to carry out my daily chores because of my leg. Please help me get this treatment so that I can return home and help my parents.”

Isaya is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of three children. Isaya never had the chance to join s...

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Isaya's Timeline

  • January 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Isaya 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 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Isaya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Isaya's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Isaya's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Isaya'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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