Meet Cecilia, a playful one-year-old girl from Tanzania. The third born in her family of five, Cecilia loves to play with toys and is never too far from her mother’s side.
Cecilia’s parents work very hard to support their family. “Her mother is a self-employed cook, preparing morning bites and afternoon meals for staff working at a local dispensary in their village,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Cecilia’s farther works as a guard at the same dispensary.
Cecilia has started to walk but she is using the lateral aspect of her left foot to support herself, a condition known as unilateral club foot, and is experiencing pain as a result. While her parents are able to provide for their families living expenses, they are unable to afford the medical care Cecilia needs in order to treat this condition. Cecilia’s doctors tell us, “If not treated, Cecilia is at high risk of developing early osteoarthritis of the small bones of the foot.”
$1,160 will cover the entire treatment plan for Cecilia, including x-rays, casts, club foot surgery and recovery! With this treatment, she will be able to walk properly for the rest of her life.
“We hope that defect can be corrected to allow her to walk properly and later on be able to go school and grow up like other children,” said Cecilia’s mother. Together we can give Cecilia access to the care she needs!