Pendo is a 2-week-old baby girl from Tanzania. Pendo is part of a large family of one father, two mothers, and 19 children. Pendo’s mother joyfully welcomed her ninth child. Pendo and her family are from western Tanzania and farm rice, maize, and ground nuts on a small scale. The family consumes the harvest and sells some of the surplus to pay some home bills. It is a challenge financially to provide for a large family with small-scale farming.
Pendo has clubfoot on her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition where the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and wearing shoes.
Fortunately, Pendo’s mother traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Pendo’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily.
Pendo’s mother says, “I wish my daughter gets better like her older sibling[s] and grows up to have a good life ahead.”
Pendo is a 2-week-old baby girl from Tanzania. Pendo is part of a large family of one father, two mothers, and 19 children. Pendo's mother j...
Pendo underwent clubfoot treatment.
Pendo has started manipulation and casting that will help correct her left foot. Initially, treatment for bilateral clubfoot had been recommended, but after close assessment by her specialist, it was seen best to treat the left leg first because it was much more severe. She is currently on her second cast and scheduled for her third cast change. She has clinics with her clubfoot specialist for progress assessment and her progress will determine how long she will have casts before having a final tenotomy surgery. This treatment will help her when she gets to the crawling and walking stage, and will give her a chance to a life free from disability.
Pendo’s mother says, “I can’t repay the work and effort you have put on my daughter to make sure she is okay, may God bless you abundantly. Thank you so much.”
Pendo has started manipulation and casting that will help correct her left foot. Initially, treatment for bilateral clubfoot had been recomm...