Nakweatoo is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania. Her father has two wives, the first wife has six children and the second wife, who is a Nakweatoo’s mother, now has two children. Nakweatoo’s father is a small businessman selling food items like sugar, cooking oil, tealeaves, etc. in his small shop. Nakweatoo’s mother is a small-scale farmer with one-acre cultivating beans and maize for subsistence. Nakweatoo’s parents’ struggled a lot seeking their daughter’s treatment until they were able to get funding at our hospital three years ago where Nakweatoo received initial treatment for her right leg.
Nakweatoo was diagnosed with left genu varus and right genu valgus, where her legs bend at the knee. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has a difficult time walking.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Nakweatoo for her left leg. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 25th. Treatment will hopefully restore Nakweatoo’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.
Nakweatoo’s father says, “We have nowhere to go and ask help for our daughter’s treatment. You helped her before, please help her again.”