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Success! Efraim from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective knee surgery so he can walk without difficulty.

Efraim
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$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Efraim's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2022.

Photo of Efraim post-operation

January 20, 2023

Efraim underwent corrective knee surgery so he can walk without difficulty.

Godliving had a successful surgery to help correct his leg. He now will be able to go back to his usual self. The treatment he received will help with his confidence and self-esteem. Godliving is currently on bed rest and needs to keep weight off his leg for now. He has a treatment plan to follow until he fully heals and is able to get back to his day-to-day life.

Godliving’s mother says, “Thank you very much for your kind hearts. May God continues blessing you all.”

Godliving had a successful surgery to help correct his leg. He now will be able to go back to his usual self. The treatment he received will...

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August 8, 2022

Efraim is a 16-year-old high school student from Tanzania. Despite his difficulties walking, he loves playing football with his classmates! Efraim comes from a large family with 6 siblings. His parents are livestock keepers who also practice small-scale farming. They work hard to ensure that their family’s day-to-day needs are able to be met.

In 2020, Efraim sustained an injury to his leg while playing. On top of the pain he experienced, he noticed that his right leg began bending inward months later. He has since been diagnosed with genu valgus, a condition that causes the leg to bow inward and touch the opposite knee. As a result, he experiences difficulty working, playing, and doing any physically demanding activities.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Efraim, which is scheduled to take place on August 9th. The goal of this treatment is to restore Efraim’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Efraim’s mother says, “It scared the whole family when his leg started having problems, but when we heard that he could get treatment, it brought joy to us.”

Efraim is a 16-year-old high school student from Tanzania. Despite his difficulties walking, he loves playing football with his classmates! ...

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Efraim's Timeline

  • August 8, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 8, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Efraim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Efraim 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 31, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Efraim's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 20, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Efraim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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