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Success! Deriy from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot repair surgery so she can walk one day.

Deriy
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Deriy's treatment was fully funded on March 8, 2022.

Photo of Deriy post-operation

March 18, 2022

Deriy underwent clubfoot treatment so she can walk one day.

Deriy has started manipulation and casting treatment which is helping correct her left foot. Her treatment is progressing well and now Deriy can grow up free of her treatable disability. She’ll learn to walk easily, which would have been very challenging if the condition was not treated.

Deriy’s mother says, “I was worried about my daughter’s foot but thanks to you she is now having the foot corrected. Thank you very much!”

Deriy has started manipulation and casting treatment which is helping correct her left foot. Her treatment is progressing well and now Deriy...

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February 17, 2022

Deriy is a four-month-old charming, beautiful girl. She’s the youngest of four children in her family. Deriy and her parents come from north-central Tanzania, where Serengeti National Park is located. Their income is very modest and mostly comes from Deriy’s father seeking day jobs on construction sites and farms.

Deriy was born with clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, which causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Deriy was brought to our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 18th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Deriy’s surgery. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when she grows up.

Deriy’s mother says, “I am worried about how my daughter is going to walk when the time comes. Please help correct her foot.”

Deriy is a four-month-old charming, beautiful girl. She's the youngest of four children in her family. Deriy and her parents come from north...

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Deriy's Timeline

  • February 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Deriy 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.

  • February 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Deriy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 8, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Deriy's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Deriy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Deriy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The foot is turned inward, often severely, at the ankle, and the arch of the foot is very high. Patients experience discomfort, and the affected leg may be shorter and smaller than the other.

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

These children have a difficult time walking and running. Years of trying to walk on a clubfoot will cause wounds and other skeletal problems, such as arthritis. Patients will have difficulty fitting in shoes and participating in normal play, school, and daily activities. Many Africans make their livings through manual labor, which can be difficult with an untreated clubfoot.

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

Incidence is 1/1,000 live births, or about 1,600 cases in Tanzania annually. This is roughly similar to rates in Western countries, though many cases may be missed. There is no known reason for its occurrence in this region.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients will undergo a series of small operations, casting, and manipulations during their course of treatment. Patients will stay in the Plaster House, a rehabilitation center for children in Tanzania, for as long as their recovery takes.

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

The bones and joint will become aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Clubfoot is very treatable. The surgery is minor and not risky.

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. If not treated, the condition will persist and will result in disability.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.