“I can’t wait for the day that my daughter will walk without a limp. The day she won’t have to worry about her leg limiting her on what she wants to do and achieve,” Asha’s mother shared.
Asha is a 9-year-old student from Tanzania who is determined to pursue an education and achieve her dreams. She lives with her parents and five siblings. Her parents are subsistence farmers, cultivating crops primarily for their family’s consumption. They have struggled to make ends meet and occasionally rely on day-to-day jobs in other households when they are not farming. Due to their limited financial resources, they have been unable to seek medical treatment for Asha, who has experienced her left leg bowing outwards since she began walking.
Asha was diagnosed with genu valgus. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. On May 26th, Asha will undergo surgery to restore her mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund Asha’s surgery.