Zakayo is a first-grade student and his father shared that he loves school and has already made so many friends. He has not been able to read or write yet, but is eager to learn!
When he was one year old, Zakayo got into a fire accident while his mother was cooking. He started to touch the fire and soon after fell into the fire, ultimately causing burns on both his hands and his stomach. His mother rushed to retrieve him from the fire and quickly treated him with traditional medications (honey, tree leaves, and eggs). He healed but his hands resulted in a burn contracture. Through Watsi, Zakayo was able to receive treatment for his left hand and is now able to use his left hand normally in his daily activities. However, he is not able to use his right hand freely due to the contracture.
On April 16th, surgeons from our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation will perform a burn contracture release surgery to restore mobility to his right hand too.
Zakayo’s father shared, “My son’s first treatment of his left hand was a big success. He can now fully use his left hand but is now having a bit of difficulty on his right hand due to the finger that he can’t straighten. I hope that he will be able to receive the help that he needs.”