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Success! Christina from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so that she can walk easily.

Christina
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$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Christina's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2022.

Photo of Christina post-operation

February 7, 2022

Christina underwent successful corrective surgery so that she can walk easily and live a full life.

Christina’s surgery to correct her left leg was a success! Before her surgery, Christina experienced difficulty walking, but because of this surgery, she will finally be able to walk easily without pain, and lead a full life. She is relieved and happy to be able to resume her studies.

Christina shared, “Thank you for helping correct my leg.”

Christina’s surgery to correct her left leg was a success! Before her surgery, Christina experienced difficulty walking, but because of this...

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December 7, 2021

Christina is a 12-year-old student and the fifth born in a family of nine children. She is currently in grade four and her best subjects in school are mathematics and science.

Christina has been diagnosed with left genu valgus, meaning that her left knee is bent inward so that her 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, walking is difficult and painful, and it has been more challenging for Christina to attend school.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Christina to receive treatment. On December 10th, she will undergo corrective surgery at AMH’s care center. Treatment will hopefully restore Christina’s mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Now, AMH is requesting $880 to Christina’s procedure and care.

Christina shared, “walking to school is really tiring and painful. I can’t walk as fast as my school mates.”

Christina is a 12-year-old student and the fifth born in a family of nine children. She is currently in grade four and her best subjects in ...

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Christina's Timeline

  • December 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Christina 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.

  • December 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christina's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 7, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Christina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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

Sa is a 36-year-old woman who likes to sew clothes. She also enjoys doing household chores and making delicious curries. Her husband is a nightguard at a hospital. Since 2015, Sa started to experience pain in her back and her pelvic area. Since December, her pain has worsened which makes it hard for her to sleep. She shared that she is feeling increasingly worried and depressed since she first experienced the pain and realized that she was unwell. Watsi donors helped support a CT scan and doctors have now diagnosed her with bilateral ovarian cancer. To help treat her condition, her doctors advised Sa to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Sa's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Sa is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on February 25th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she is hopeful that she'll no longer be in pain and will have a better shot at recovering from cancer. Sa said, "I was very worried when I heard that I needed surgery and that it would cost a lot of money. I was worried that if the donors stopped helping me, where would I come up with enough money to pay for my surgery. I could not sleep last night, constantly worrying about my treatment cost. When I called BCMF's staff and they told me that donors could pay for my surgery, I felt so much better. Thank you everyone for helping me."

70% funded

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$1,058raised
$442to go

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