Michael is a friendly boy from Tanzania and the youngest child in a family of six children. Michael’s parents are from Northwest Tanzania and work as small-scale farmers growing cassava.
Michael has been diagnosed with genu varus, a condition in which his legs bow outwards. The condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Michael experiences pain when he walks and plays.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Michael. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 7th. Treatment will hopefully restore Michael’s mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications.
Michael’s mother shared, “my son’s legs are not getting any better, they keep worsening as days go and walking has become harder for him. Please help us.”