Leonard is a 14-year-old boy from Mpanda, Tanzania. Leonard’s parents manage a small farm that provides their family with food. They also take on various additional jobs during the day, including helping on other people’s farms, washing clothes, and cleaning yards, to support their family. Despite their hard work, Leonard’s parents have a hard time supporting their five children and Leonard’s grandparents.
Leonard was diagnosed with genu varus, a condition where his legs bow outwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Due to his condition, Leonard has difficulty walking and participating in daily activities. However, as a result of financial constraints, Leonard’s family has been unable to seek treatment for him.
An outreach team directed by our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), visited Leonard’s village and spread the news about available treatment for genu varus. As a result, Leonard’s parents were motivated to seek treatment for their son at AMH’s care center.
AMH is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Leonard. Leonard’s procedure is scheduled for June 6th. This treatment will reduce the discomfort in his legs, restore his mobility, greatly decrease his risk of future complications, and allow him to resume his daily activities.
Leonard says, “I am glad that after a long wait, I get to have treatment that will make my legs better. I can’t wait to enjoy playing soccer with my friends and helping my parents at the farm.”