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Success! Iqram from Tanzania raised $880 to fund corrective surgery so she can walk more easily.

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Iqram's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Iqram post-operation

March 15, 2022

Iqram underwent corrective surgery so she can walk more easily.

Iqram’s surgery went well and she had both legs corrected successfully. She was having difficulty walking, but her mother couldn’t afford the cost of treatment. With Watsi’s support for this surgery, Iqram will now be able to walk and carry out her daily life activities.

Iqram’s mother shared, “Your kindness has given me hope and strength to keep on fighting for my children. Helping treat my daughter has taken one of my biggest worries away and I can now fight for them to study.”

Iqram’s surgery went well and she had both legs corrected successfully. She was having difficulty walking, but her mother couldn’t afford th...

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January 10, 2022

Iqram is a five-year-old girl and the last-born child in her family. She is a charming and social girl who is currently in class two. Iqram’s mother and father are no longer live together after divorcing and her mother is now back at her parent’s home looking after her two children. She sells vegetables to be able to make a living for their family.

Doctors have diagnosed Iqram with bilateral genu varus, her legs bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she cannot walk well.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Iqram. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 11th. Treatment will hopefully restore Iqram’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.

Iqram’s mother says “I will be grateful if you can help my daughter have her legs corrected. I cannot afford the treatment cost.”

Iqram is a five-year-old girl and the last-born child in her family. She is a charming and social girl who is currently in class two. Iqram’...

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Iqram's Timeline

  • January 10, 2022

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

  • January 14, 2022

    Iqram's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 18, 2022

    Iqram 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.

  • January 27, 2022

    Iqram's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 15, 2022

    Iqram's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $880 for Iqram's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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