Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Roy from Tanzania raised $880 to fund leg surgery so he can run and play.

Roy
100%
  • $880 raised, $0 to go
$880
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Roy's treatment was fully funded on March 15, 2022.

Photo of Roy post-operation

April 5, 2022

Roy underwent leg treatment so he can run and play.

Roy’s surgery went well and had both of his legs corrected successfully. He is currently on a full cast of both legs and on bedrest as he heals. Through this surgery, Roy will walk like other children without pain or exhaustion anymore.

Roy’s mother was relieved and hopeful. She said, “I can’t wait to see him have the cast removed and see him walking well again. Thank you very much.”

Roy’s surgery went well and had both of his legs corrected successfully. He is currently on a full cast of both legs and on bedrest as he he...

Read more
February 17, 2022

Roy is a charming and energetic toddler from Tanzania. He is playful and full of smiles. He is the youngest of his single mother’s three children. His mother sells cassava root at the local bus station to support their family.

Roy was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. This means Roy has difficulty walking due to his legs bowing outwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he walks with an abnormal gait and complains of pain and exhaustion after playing or taking a short walk.

His surgery is scheduled for February 18th and our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is raising $880 to fund Roy’s surgery. Treatment will hopefully restore Roy’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Roy’s mother says, “My income is very little, I want my son to have his legs corrected but there is no way I can afford the cost.”

Roy is a charming and energetic toddler from Tanzania. He is playful and full of smiles. He is the youngest of his single mother's three chi...

Read more

Roy's Timeline

  • February 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Roy 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

    Roy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Roy's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Roy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Lwin

Lwin is a 37-year-old wife and mother who lives with her husband and son on the Thai-Burma border. Lwin and her husband work as day labourers in a temple as a cook and gardener. In her free time, Lwin likes to garden and enjoys growing vegetables to eat and to donate to the temple. Lwin also likes to watch Thai movies. One night in March 2021, Lwin had a rapid heartbeat and felt dizzy. Lwin could not sleep that night so her husband brought her to a clinic the next day. The doctor referred her to Mae Sot Hospital in an ambulance, where she underwent diagnostic tests, but never received a diagnosis. Lwin was given medication to stabilize her condition. During her follow-up appointment in June 2022, Lwin received an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis. The doctor then referred her to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment. Currently, Lwin suffers from shortness of breath and heart palpitations. Lwin reports her arms and legs feeling heavy and trouble sleeping. Lwin has little appetite and she has to sleep propped up on pillows. On January 13th, Lwin with receive surgery to improve her condition. Our medical partners, Burma Children Medical Fund, are helping Lwin raise $1,500 to cover the cost of this life altering surgery. Lwin shared, "I will never forget the donors who will help pay for my treatment cost. When I recover fully, I want to learn how to sew so that I can open a shop from my home and work as a seamstress."

54% funded

54%funded
$813raised
$687to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.