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Success! Medard from Tanzania raised $880 to fund leg surgery to increase his mobility and decrease his risk of future complications.

Medard
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  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Medard's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2022.

Photo of Medard post-operation

January 22, 2023

Medard underwent leg surgery to increase his mobility and decrease his risk of future complications.

Medard has had a successful surgery that has helped correct his legs which made walking difficult for him. He had a wind-swept deformity and underwent two surgeries: a “DFO” on his right leg and “PTO” on his left leg. Two weeks later Medard had a full casting as his body heals. Through these surgeries, Medard will now have a chance to walk, free from pain.

Medard’s mother says, “Thank you so much for making sure that my son’s legs get back to normal.”

Medard has had a successful surgery that has helped correct his legs which made walking difficult for him. He had a wind-swept deformity and...

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August 3, 2022

Medard is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is his mother’s only child, but he lives with his grandmother because his mother’s health is currently compromised. While she was pregnant, his mother experienced a difficult pregnancy and was constantly on medication to help ensure healthy brain growth for Medard. He arrived before his due date and had to spend a few weeks in nursery. As he grew older and began walking, his grandmother noticed his leg bowing.

Medard was diagnosed with genu valgus, a condition that causes his right leg to bow inward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Medard struggles to walk.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Medard. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore his mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

His grandmother shares, “I believe that by helping Medard I will be helping his mother heal too.”

Medard is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is his mother's only child, but he lives with his grandmother because his mother's health i...

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Medard's Timeline

  • August 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Medard was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Medard 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.

  • August 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Medard's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Medard's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 22, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Medard'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 Medard'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.