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Success! Meshack from Kenya raised $1,286 to fund clubfoot treatment so he can walk and play.

Meshack
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  • $1,286 raised, $0 to go
$1,286
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Fully funded
Meshack's treatment was fully funded on August 29, 2022.

Photo of Meshack post-operation

September 6, 2022

Meshack underwent clubfoot treatment so he can walk and play.

Meshack’s clubfoot correction surgery was successful! As he grows up, this treatment will be impactful to him because he will be able to walk, play with friends, and continue with his education.

Meshack’s mother said, “I am happy to see that what I prayed for has come to pass, after Meshack underwent surgery, I am now looking forward to seeing him walk like other children. Thank you for the support.”

Meshack's clubfoot correction surgery was successful! As he grows up, this treatment will be impactful to him because he will be able to wal...

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May 25, 2022

Meshack is a six-year-old boy, living with his mother and one sibling, in a one-roomed grass thatched house in a village in Kenya. Recently, Meshack completed his preschool studies and now he is in grade one. According to his mother, Meshack is very helpful, and always assists her around the farm and in doing household chores. Meshack’s mother is a single parent and a farmer, who works hard to provide for her family.

Meshack was born with a condition known as hemiplegic CP, which means that one side of his body is weak. His right foot is affected, making walking challenging. Additionally, Meshack was born with clubfoot of his left foot, which adds to his difficulty walking, and limits his ability to wear shoes.

Meshack has already undergone some preliminary, preparatory procedures on his left foot during mobile clinic visits near his village and the next step is for him to have clubfoot repair surgery at our medical partner’s hospital.

Meshack and his mother have now traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 27th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,286 to fund Meshack’s surgery, which will enable him to walk, to play with his friends, and to continue his education.

“I would love to see my son walking like other children, and I will be relieved of the burden of carrying him to school,” Meshack’s mother told us.

Meshack is a six-year-old boy, living with his mother and one sibling, in a one-roomed grass thatched house in a village in Kenya. Recently,...

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Meshack's Timeline

  • May 25, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Meshack was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 26, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Meshack's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 28, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Meshack received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • August 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Meshack's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Meshack's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Club Foot Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,286 for Meshack's treatment
Hospital Fees
$273
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$179
Supplies
$396
Labs
$37
Radiology
$27
Other
$61
  • 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 in Kenya. 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.

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. AIC Cure International Hospital is one of the few pediatric orthopedic hospitals devoted to serving the physically disabled children of Kenya. Most parents bring their children from remote areas to seek treatment.

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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$608raised
$892to go

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