Abraham is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania, where he lives with his parents and siblings. “He is a mama’s boy,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), “Ever since the fire accident he does not want to leave his mama’s side.”
When Abraham was eight months old, he burned his right foot on hot coals. While Abraham’s wounds seemed to heal with traditional herbs and honey, a contracture (shortening of muscle cells that leads to rigidity) subsequently developed.
“Abraham is unable to wear shoes or walk properly due to burn scar contracture of his right foot and ankle. Abraham’s gait will continue to be affected if not treated,” explains AMHF.
AMHF can treat Abraham with contracture release surgery and a skin graft. Surgery will help Abraham regain flexibility, and burned skin tissue will be replaced with healthy tissue. “Abraham’s gait will improve and he will be able to wear shoes,” says AMHF.
Treatment will cost $870, which includes surgical and medical fees, a four-day stay at the hospital, and a 12 week stay at a physical rehabilitation center. With both of his parents working as farmers, they cannot afford to pay for Abraham’s treatment.
“All I hope is for my son to be able to walk properly and wear shoes, so that when he grows up, he can herd cattle, and go to school,” says Abraham’s mother.