Sirila is a young student from Tanzania. She is the fourth born in a family of seven children. She is currently in second grade. Her best subjects are mathematics, Swahili, and social studies. She wishes to be a doctor when she grows up. Both of Sirila’s parents are small-scale farmers of maize, beans, and vegetables.
Sirila was diagnosed with genu varus. Her 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. As a result, she cannot walk to school without pain and discomfort.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Sirila. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Sirila’s mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.
Sirila’s mother says, “Please help my daughter. Her condition keeps worsening every day. We don’t know what to do.”