Mahesh is a 14-year-old boy from Achham, Nepal. He lives with his parents and his three brothers.
Mahesh has had epilepsy, a condition that causes repeated seizures, since he was seven years old. When he was ten, he had a seizure while cooking rice for his family and seriously burned his right hand. As commonly occurs with burns, he subsequently developed a contracture, an abnormal and immobile positioning of his hand joint while healing. Since then, he has lost almost all function of his hand.
But there is good news! After four years without the use of his hand, Mahesh has been approved for surgery by Nyaya Health in Nepal. This surgery, contracture release, will enable him to regain function in his right hand. The surgery costs $925. The average per capita income in Achham is $1 per day and his parents cannot afford to pay for treatment.
Mahesh’s favorite subject in school is Nepali. He can’t decide what he wants to be when he grows up, but one of his favorite hobbies is playing cricket with his friends.
For all we know, Mahesh might be the next Nepali cricket star - so let’s fix that hand and give him a chance!