We met little Haruna who was born with shortened legs this year. His father abandoned the family after he was born with a disability leaving his mother, a head porter (carrying him on her back) to provide for him and his siblings. A good Samaritan, concerned about his welfare brought him to us here at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Rehabilitation Unit.
Today Haruna took his first steps with the aid of artificial legs he received yesterday.
He is excited as our Rehabilitation team helps him adjust to his new legs. This was made possible with help from the Ghana Medical Rehabilitation Mission (our partners), the Valley Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc., the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the Step Out Foundation.
Haruna’s mum was moved to tears and was very grateful because she knows with his new legs, he can become fully functional, independent and get a good education. Persons with disabilities in low resource countries like Ghana often are stigmatized and cannot afford the assistive technology needed for better function and quality of life.
To all who helped little Haruna, we say Kudos and God bless you!