Bartimayo is a nine-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the fifth child in a large family of twelve children! He lives with his parents, who are both farmers and livestock keepers.
When Bartimayo was seven, his parents began to notice his legs bending. He would also complain of occasional pain as his condition worsened. They use traditional medicines to help alleviate his symptoms, but this treatment was unsuccessful.
Thankfully, Bartimayo’s parents met a patient with the same condition who was successfully treated at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center (ALMC), a Watsi care center. At ALMC, Bartimayo was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, which means that both of his legs bend inward, making it difficult and painful to walk.
Bartimayo will need surgery to help his conditions. He will need $838 to fund the procedure. His parents were able to provide $45 out of their own pockets to subsidize his treatment.
Bartimayo looks forward to being well again so he can continue his education, play with his friends, and help his family with chores.