17-year-old Harun is a secondary school student who lives in central Kenya. He is the oldest of three children in his family. His father is a farmer, and his mother stays at home. The family had been living in a rental house until they built a two-room house with the help of well-wishers and their extended family.
Harun has bilateral clubfoot, a condition in which both of his feet are twisted out of position due to short tendons in his feet and ankles. As a result, Harun cannot walk for long distances. His condition was neglected because his parents feared huge medical bills that they could not afford.
Treatment for clubfoot is surgery to release the tendons in the involved foot and ankle. Doctors then move the foot into the proper position and place it in a cast for up to two months. After the casts are removed, some patients wear a brace for a year or more to maintain the proper position of the foot. Harun’s surgeons plan to start treatment on his left foot on August 21 and treat his right foot at a later date.
“We cannot afford the bill as stipulated, and we request your help,” shares Harun’s father. Watsi’s medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $1,224 to pay for Harun’s surgery, six-day hospital stay, lab tests, medicine, and surgical supplies.
Hardworking and focused both at school and at home, Harun aspires to become a doctor when he grows up. Let’s help fund his surgery!