Paulo is a 17-year-old boy from Tanzania. He lives with his parents and his four siblings. His parents are farmers who grow food for their family and sell the excess to support their family. Due to limited funds, Paulo and his siblings had to stop attending school.
Paulo experiences difficulty with his mobility. When Paulo was enrolled in school, he was often unable to walk the distance to class. Paulo’s parents were inspired to seek treatment for Paulo after attending an outreach seminar held by our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH).
Doctors at AMH’s care center determined that Paulo’s limited mobility is due to the shape of his legs, and Paulo was diagnosed with genu varus. Genu varus is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones which often stems from contaminated drinking water.
Fortunately, AMH can help. AMH is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Paulo’s legs. Paulo’s procedure is scheduled to take place on June 6th, and will hopefully restore Paulo’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and decrease his risk of future complications.
Paulo says, “I hope that one day I will be able to walk without feeling any discomfort.”