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Success! Clarkson from Kenya raised $1,286 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Clarkson
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  • $1,286 raised, $0 to go
$1,286
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Clarkson's treatment was fully funded on January 29, 2022.

Photo of Clarkson post-operation

February 8, 2022

Clarkson underwent life-changing clubfoot treatment.

Clarkson was admitted to CURE hospital for his surgery and all went well. This surgery means he will be able to grow up healthy and active like other children he knows. He’s especially excited to be able to walk more easily and play football with friends!

“I am grateful for the support, may you continue with the good work.” Clarkson’s mother told us.

Clarkson was admitted to CURE hospital for his surgery and all went well. This surgery means he will be able to grow up healthy and active l...

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December 5, 2021

Clarkson is a 9-year-old jovial and social boy. He’s the fourth and last born in his family. Together his family lives in a two-roomed mud house in a village in rural Kenya. Clarkson was accompanied to our clinic by his mother.

His mother shared that at the age of 2, Clarkson suffered from malaria and went to get an injection. The injection is assumed to have been the cause of his condition. Now he walks with discomfort and cannot play with friends. His mother shared that his friends make fun of how he walks which causes him to have lower self-esteem.

Clarkson’s family traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Clarkson’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk like other friends, be in less pain, and even play football (which he is excited for!). His family is not financially able to fund the surgery and is appealing for financial assistance.

Clarkson says, “I would love my feet to be corrected so I can walk confidently.”

Clarkson is a 9-year-old jovial and social boy. He's the fourth and last born in his family. Together his family lives in a two-roomed mud h...

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Clarkson's Timeline

  • December 5, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Clarkson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Clarkson received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital in Kenya. 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 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Clarkson's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Clarkson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,286 for Clarkson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$273
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$179
Supplies
$396
Labs
$37
Radiology
$27
Other
$61
  • 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 in Kenya. 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.

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. AIC Cure International Hospital is one of the few pediatric orthopedic hospitals devoted to serving the physically disabled children of Kenya. Most parents bring their children from remote areas to seek treatment.

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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