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

Kundi
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$880
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$0
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Fully funded
Kundi's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Kundi post-operation

January 24, 2022

Kundi underwent corrective surgery so she can walk and play easily.

Kundi’s surgery went well where she had her left leg corrected successfully. Kundi was walking with a gait and her knees knocked causing her to fall when she runs. Through this surgery, Kundi will now walk easily and lead a higher-quality life.

Kundi’s mother says, “God bless you all for helping treat my child. We went through a lot trying to seek treatment for her in different hospitals to no success. Thank you very much.”

Kundi’s surgery went well where she had her left leg corrected successfully. Kundi was walking with a gait and her knees knocked causing her...

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December 9, 2021

Kundi is a sweet 5-year-old girl. She is the second-born child in her mother’s family of three children.

Kundi was diagnosed with left genu valgus, a condition in which her leg bows so that her knees 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, Kundi has difficulty walking and playing.

On December 10th, Kundi will undergo corrective surgery at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Treatment will restore Kundi’s mobility, allowing her to participate in various activities and significantly decrease her risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to fund Kundi’s surgery.

Kundi’s mother shared, “We are struggling a lot because we have been moving from one hospital to another seeking treatment for our last born child who has sickle cell. We cannot afford Kundi’s treatment. Please help her; she is struggling a lot in walking.”

Kundi is a sweet 5-year-old girl. She is the second-born child in her mother’s family of three children. Kundi was diagnosed with left g...

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Kundi's Timeline

  • December 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kundi 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 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kundi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kundi's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kundi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

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