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Karolina Siwicka, orthopaedist and our volunteer working in Malawi, would like to introduce one of her patients to you. Karolina can help this girl and other children thanks to your support.
Doris suffers from skeletal dysplasia and for that reason her bones have abnormal shapes and sizes, especially in her legs and spine. Doris' skeletal dysplasia in her legs causes her knees to bend and touch each other when the legs are straightened up. The girl's mother died of cholera when Doris was very young whereas her father abandoned her shortly after. Doris and her elder sister are brought up by their aunt and uncle. The girl treats them as her own parents, but the family is slowly preparing her to tell her about her real mum and dad. However, they do not want her to think that she was abandoned due to her disability.
"Doris' friends treat her like a normal child, and her teachers are very helpful, but we would like her to achieve more and know that she can do it", say her relatives. She is hard-working and, despite that she struggles with learning, she never gives up and always helps happily where it is needed. The biggest challenge that she faces is her mobility. It is very difficult for her to cover long distances. "
When Doris was born, she was healthy. The disease became apparent when she began to walk – around age three. Her family did not look for help as they had not thought that help was possible. One day, when Doris was going back home from school, she was noticed by Gladys, one of the nurses working at the CURE hospital. She made friends with the girl and informed her family that the hospital's staff could help her regain fitness.
At present, Doris is Karolina Siwicka's patient.
If you want help Malawian children, please transfer money to the following bank account: 62 1240 2294 1111 0000 3718 5444, with the following note: "Malawi".