Mafuru is a happy and energetic four-year-old boy from Tanzania and the oldest child in a family of two children.
Mafuru was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, which means that his legs bow inward and his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often comes from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he falls when walking or running and experiences pain in his knees that is more severe during cold weather.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Mafuru. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 4th and treatment will hopefully restore Mafuru’s mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications.
Mafuru’s father shared, “I wish to see my son have the surgery so that he can lead a life free of disability.”