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Success! Agai from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so that he can walk easily as he grows.

Agai
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
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$0
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Fully funded
Agai's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2022.

Photo of Agai post-operation

April 8, 2022

Agai underwent clubfoot treatment so that he can walk easily as he grows.

Agai’s manipulation and casting are going very well and his foot continues to straighten with each new cast. He is currently on his third cast and he will have a final surgery once he is through with casting. Through this treatment, Agai will be able to grow up without disability, helping him learned to walk like other children and lead a full life.

Agai’s mother says, “I am so happy and thankful that my son is now having his foot corrected. Thank you!”

Agai’s manipulation and casting are going very well and his foot continues to straighten with each new cast. He is currently on his third ca...

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March 1, 2022

Agai is a nine-month-old baby boy and the youngest child of his mother’s five children. Agai’s father lives in a remote village where most people are Maasai and keep livestock for a living. His parents sell milk and cattle to support the family.

Agai has clubfoot of his left foot, a condition in which his foot is twisted out of shape. His condition may cause him difficulty walking and even wearing shoes in the future.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Agai receive treatment. On March 1st, he will undergo clubfoot repair surgery at AMH’s care center. A successful treatment will ensure that he is able to walk easily when he gets older. Now, he and his family need help raising $935 to fund Agai’s procedure and care.

Agai’s mother shared, “when my stepdaughter told me there is a place where my son can have his foot corrected it was hard to believe. But after seeing other children with a similar condition, I realized it is not just my son.”

Agai is a nine-month-old baby boy and the youngest child of his mother's five children. Agai's father lives in a remote village where most p...

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Agai's Timeline

  • March 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 1, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Agai 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.

  • March 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Agai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 25, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Agai's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Agai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Agai's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • 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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