Michael is a three-year-old baby from Tanzania. He is happy and loves playing with other children. He has not started school yet. Michael lives with his family of six. Michael’s father sells shoes, while his mother sells fresh maize at the market.
Michael was diagnosed with bilateral congenital genu varus. Michael’s legs are bowed outwards, with his ankles touching. 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 feels pain and tiredness when walking, running, or lifting heavy objects.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Michael. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 17. Treatment will hopefully restore Michael’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.
Michael’s mother says, “I will take very good care of Michael when he gets treated and make sure to take him to school after recovery of his legs.”