Joshua is a student from Uganda. He is a third born in a family of six children. He is currently in seventh grade, and he hopes to graduate and continue with school. Joshua’s parents are both subsistence farmers.
Joshua was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, or a condition known as “knock-knees.” His legs bow inward, causing his knees to touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, it is difficult for Joshua to walk for long distances because he experiences pain as his knees continue knocking each other.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Joshua. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 13th. Treatment will hopefully restore Joshua’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.
Joshua says “My legs are limiting me so much from walking, working, and playing football. I appreciate any help you can provide me.”