As a baby Umar contracted an acute bone infection (osteomyelitis) whilst in the maternity hospital in Tajikistan. The infection caused damaged to the bones in his hip joints and knees that resulted in a shortening of his leg and limited range in his joints. As a child Umar had surgery on 11 occasions to address the damage caused by the infection. He also had physical therapy and wore adapted footwear to prevent further deterioration.
In his teenage years Umar has remained as active as possible swimming, cycling and playing table tennis. However over the last 2 years he has experienced severe and constant pain in the joints of both his legs. Recently this has started to impact Umar’s mobility and he has needed to use a walking stick for support. Doctors in Tajikistan recommended endoprosthesis for both hip joints (hip replacement). Due to the damage caused by the infection contracted as an infant the surgery requires more complex surgical procedures than are currently available in Tajikistan.
Arrangements have been made for Umar to undergo hip replacements surgery at the Vellore Christian Medical College in India at the end of May 2018. To cover the costs of the surgery, prosthesis, hospital stay, rehab and travel we are needing to raise $13,000 (AUD). Please consider donating towards the cost of this surgery that will make a big difference to Umar’s life.
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