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Maria Jose from Colombia raised $1,500 to fund clubfoot correction surgery to have a full life ahead.

Maria Jose
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Maria Jose's treatment was fully funded on August 27, 2021.
April 13, 2022

Maria Jose has not yet completed clubfoot treatment.

Our medical partner just shared that they have not been able complete Maria Jose’s clubfoot treatment. They began her care with castings on her feet that help prepare her surgery, but her family has since lost touch with the hospital. Despite many attempts to reach them, Maria Jose has unfortunately not returned for her treatment yet. Our medical partner has asked that we support another patient who is waiting for care. We appreciate your kindness, understanding, and support.

Our medical partner just shared that they have not been able complete Maria Jose's clubfoot treatment. They began her care with castings on ...

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July 14, 2021

Maria Jose is a cute and intelligent baby from Colombia. She lives with her single mother, Sandra, and her godmother and aunt. Sandra only has good wishes for her daughter, and works really hard to see her baby happy.

Maria Jose has clubfoot on both feet, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This will cause difficulty walking and even wearing shoes in the future.

Fortunately, Maria Jose’s family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 31th. Our partner is requesting $1,500 to fund Maria Jose’s bilateral clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to crawl, walk and run with ease.

Sandra shares her hopes for Maria Jose’s development, “I really wish to see her grow as a normal child, and enjoy every step of her life. After the surgery I deeply want to see her crawl, walk, run, and play with other kids.”

Maria Jose is a cute and intelligent baby from Colombia. She lives with her single mother, Sandra, and her godmother and aunt. Sandra only h...

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Maria Jose's Timeline

  • July 14, 2021

    Maria Jose was submitted by Sofía Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at Clínica Noel.

  • July 19, 2021

    Maria Jose's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 27, 2021

    Maria Jose's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 31, 2021

    Maria Jose was scheduled to receive treatment at Clínica Noel in Colombia. 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.

  • April 13, 2022

    Maria Jose's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Clubfoot Bilateral
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,893 for Maria Jose's treatment
Subsidies fund $393 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot, have one or both feet turned inward, which might lead to complex extremity malformations, walking limitations, tight heel cord, and pain during walking.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients diagnosed with clubfoot, might experience pain while walking or not be able to walk, might not be able to wear shoes, and are often at risk of bullying at school. If the condition is not treated, the patient might be in constant pain and risk development of arthritis.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many patients in Colombia live in rural areas, their families don’t have health insurance coverage nor money to pay for the treatment, they don’t have access to specialized centers, and have to travel long distances, which leads families to abandon the treatments.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

When patients visit a doctor, they are referred to a pediatric orthopedist, who starts the treatment with a series of casts which are changed weekly. The team them performs a surgery when early diagnosed. In case the patient is not treated opportunely, or treatment is abandoned, reconstructive surgery might be needed.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

When a patient gets treatment, an anatomic and functional correction of the extremity is performed. A patient will be able to wear shoes and to walk without pain. There’s also an esthetic improvement which leads to higher self-esteem and reduces the risk of psychological impact.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There’s a chance this treatment leaves residual malformations, scars, or relapses of the treatment. As in any surgery, there is a risk of bleeding and infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Reconstructive surgery with highly complex osteotomies and tendon transfers.

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47% funded

$244to go

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