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Success! Dorcas from Tanzania raised $880 to fund surgery so she can walk and play.

Dorcas
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$880
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Fully funded
Dorcas's treatment was fully funded on February 10, 2022.

Photo of Dorcas post-operation

April 6, 2022

Dorcas underwent surgery so she can walk and play.

Dorcas has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her legs that were making walking difficult and painful for her. She currently has a full cast on both legs and is on bed rest as she heals. Her doctors shared that given the severity of her condition, especially her left leg, Dorcas may need another surgery to fully correct her leg. Through this treatment, Dorcas has been saved from her condition worsening and losing the ability to stand and walk.

Dorcas’s father shared his new hope as she heals: “She is still not walking yet, but I am so happy to see her seated there waiting for her recovery after this surgery. Thank you very much.”

Dorcas has had a successful surgery that has helped correct both of her legs that were making walking difficult and painful for her. She cur...

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February 3, 2022

Dorcas is a three-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of four children. Dorcas’s father shared how hard he is working to make ends meet. He is having health complications, but still seeks day jobs like working at construction sites and other casual laboring jobs to get money to support his family. His wife helps to take care of Dorcas and her siblings.

Dorcas has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, where her legs bow inward so that her knees always 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, Dorcas has difficulty walking.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dorcas. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 4th and treatment will hopefully restore Dorcas’s mobility. This will allow her to fully participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Dorcas’s father shared: “I try to seek jobs to find money to take my daughter for treatment, but the pay is very little. I can only manage to do so little with the money, not enough to save and seek treatment for her.”

Dorcas is a three-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of four children. Dorcas’s father shared how hard he is working to make ends me...

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Dorcas's Timeline

  • February 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dorcas 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.

  • February 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dorcas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dorcas's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dorcas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Dorcas'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.