Hawanatu is five years old. She lives with her family in Sierra Leone, but came to our medical partner in Ghana to seek treatment for a condition called kyphosis, which causes an abnormal curve in her spine.
This curvature constricts the space Hawanatu’s lungs have to expand, making it difficult for her to breathe deeply. Hawanatu’s limited lung capacity impacts her ability to walk, or even sit up, for short amounts of time. Her condition made it so difficult for her to keep up with her classmates in school, that she was bullied to the point where she could no longer attend.
Hawanatu’s parents are hopeful that their daughter will get better soon, but neither can afford her treatment. Her father works as a school teacher in Sierra Leone but is rarely paid.
For $1,500 we can pay for an operation to correct Hawanatu’s spine. This surgery will alleviate the pressure on her lungs, make it possible for her to stand and walk on her own, and allow her to move about like the other children in her class. Let’s give this sweet girl a shot at a normal and healthy life!
Hawanatu is five years old. She lives with her family in Sierra Leone, but came to our medical partner in Ghana to seek treatment for a cond...
Hawanatu received surgery to correct the alignment of her spine.
Our medical partner in Ghana, where Hawanatu received treatment, report that this surgery saved her life. Had she not received surgery, this spine deformity would have claimed Hawanatu’s life by the time she turned 30. After several months of wearing a back brace and undertaking physical therapy, Hawanatu is expected to live a normal life with no threat of orthopedic deformity in the future. She is already able to stand tall, rest on her back and her lung function has significantly increased.
Hawanatu’s family wasn’t able to be at the hospital during her rehabilitation. A caretaker at the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital informed us about her recovery: “Hawanatu is making great progress… she has regained her energy and has been amazed at her physical abilities. Simply laying on her back to go to sleep seems like a miracle to her. We look forward to her future.”
Our medical partner in Ghana, where Hawanatu received treatment, report that this surgery saved her life. Had she not received surgery, thi...