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Success! Zainabu from Tanzania raised $880 to fund mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Zainabu
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$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Zainabu's treatment was fully funded on March 1, 2021.

Photo of Zainabu post-operation

March 5, 2021

Zainabu underwent mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Zainabu has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her legs that were bowed outward causing her pain and difficulty when walking. Through this surgery, Zainabu’s legs have been straightened and she was fitted with a full cast of both legs. After a period of bed rest, she has now started her ambulation and had her cast removed. Through this treatment, Zainabu will be able to resume school and be able to walk to school with ease, hopefully leading a full life ahead.

Zainabu’s mother says, “I am very grateful for what you have done in helping treatment my daughter who has suffered due to her bowed legs for a long time. She is now doing fine and healing.”

Zainabu has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her legs that were bowed outward causing her pain and difficulty when w...

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January 4, 2021

Zainabu is a 10-year-old student and the youngest in a family of six children. She is an intelligent, social, and hard-working girl both at home and at school. She is currently in class four and will be joining class five next year. Her best subjects are English and Swahili, and she proudly shared that she was position three in her class in the final exams this year. Go Zainbau :)!

Zainbau loves to help her mother with home chores. Her parents are small scale farmers who sell maize, sorghum, and vegetables to make a living. They use most of their harvest of food for their family and are able to sell a few harvests in order to buy other basics.

Zainabu was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, or bowleggedness. This condition causes her legs to bow outwards at the knee. It is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has great difficulty with walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Zainabu. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 5th. Treatment will hopefully restore Zainabu’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Zainabu’s father shared, “My daughter has been having difficulty walking for a while, but I was unable to help her due to financial challenges. My family and I are grateful for your help.”

Zainabu is a 10-year-old student and the youngest in a family of six children. She is an intelligent, social, and hard-working girl both at ...

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Zainabu's Timeline

  • January 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zainabu 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.

  • January 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zainabu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zainabu's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zainabu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

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