Richard is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the seventh child in a family of eight children. Richard’s parents depend on small scale farming for their living.
Richard was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs bow outward at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Richard. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Richard’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.
Richard’s mother says, “Thank you very much for helping my son. We didn’t know what to do since we couldn’t afford the treatment. We are really grateful.”