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

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Sheila's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Sheila post-operation

January 12, 2022

Sheila underwent life-changing clubfoot treatment.

Sheila was admitted to the hospital and had a successful clubfoot treatment. This care is very beneficial to her because she will be able to wear her shoes, walk comfortably, and importantly her self-esteem will improve. This will help her connect and mingle with friends much more easily and freely, and continue with her education without any hardship.

Wycliff, Sheila’s guardian says, “I want to express my utmost gratitude for the support we received towards the successful surgery of our little girl Sheila. As a family, we didn’t have the capacity to afford this treatment in such an esteemed hospital. I look at Sheila and the abundance of opportunities she can have when she is able to walk normally. I see a girl who will walk this world with renewed confidence and I can never thank the sponsors enough for this big transformation that’s come in handy for our girl. Thank you very much and may God richly bless you and expound your capacities to continue transforming lives. We remain very grateful.”

Sheila was admitted to the hospital and had a successful clubfoot treatment. This care is very beneficial to her because she will be able to...

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December 1, 2021

Sheila is a 13-year-old bright and outgoing girl. She is a partial orphan who lives with a guardian that helped to rescue her from a difficult situation growing up. Sheila lives at a special place alongside 10 other children who come from a similar background. Her guardian says that Sheila’s clubfoot condition limits her from her potential.

Sheila was born with clubfoot and the condition has affected her mobility and lowered her self-esteem in a way that she cannot connect with her peers. Her guardian and family are not financially able to support the surgery and are appealing for financial assistance.

Fortunately, Sheila 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 Sheila’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, Sheila will be able to easily interact with her peers and have a high self-esteem.

Her guardian says, “I would very much appreciate the support that may be provided for Sheila’s care. She will be able to explore her full potential.”

Sheila is a 13-year-old bright and outgoing girl. She is a partial orphan who lives with a guardian that helped to rescue her from a difficu...

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Sheila's Timeline

  • December 1, 2021

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

  • December 6, 2021

    Sheila 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.

  • December 7, 2021

    Sheila's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021

    Sheila's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2022

    Sheila's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 33 donors

Funded by 33 donors

Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,286 for Sheila's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Loy is a 46-year-old small scale farmer and a strong mother to her five children who range from the ages of 21 to 11 years old. Due to difficult finances and lack of resources, all of Loy's children have received a partial primary school education at various levels. Loy and her husband earn their income by farming, and their family lives together in a four-room mud house for shelter. Four months ago, Loy began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains that have caused her many sleepless nights. She believes that her uterus is very weak because she had a number of complicated deliveries when she gave birth to her children. She visited a doctor in March and was given temporary medication to help ease the pain and discomfort. Months later, she can now no longer sleep comfortably, and has had to completely stop farming due to the pain. Loy has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to treat her condition. Fortunately, on May 13th, Loy will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. Once recovered, Loy will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and continue on with her farming in order to take care of her family. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to help fund this surgery. Loy says, “I can no longer practice farming in my current condition and my family depends on farming. I hope to get well through surgery so that I may be able once again take better care of my family.”

6% funded

$299to go

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