Two sisters with permanently ‘windswept’ legs, caused by malnutrition, have made remarkable transformation after they had surgery to fix the rare condition.
Salamatou, eight, and Mariama, six, from Mount Manengouba in Cameroon, developed ‘windswept’ limbs due to a condition known as valgus, also known as knock knees, which can occur as a result of malnutrition.
According to a report by DailyMailUK monitored by Lailasnews.com, a lack of nutrients during bone development caused their knees to knock together while they walked,
which resulted in them rarely attending school due to them being unable to manage the journey.
After hearing about a hospital ship, run by a charity, docking many miles away, the girls and their parents made the grueling journey over rocky terrain from their mountain village to the harbour.
Salamatou, eight, and Mariama, six, travelled a 100 miles on horseback to have surgery to fix the rare condition that caused their legs to become severely twisted.
The girls, who were walking just one day after their surgeries, were so amazed by the results Mariama did not believe the legs she was seeing could possibly be her own.
Speaking of his daughters’ future, their father Debo said:
‘Now, they will be able to commit to school and use their education. ‘Before, my heart was anxious for my family, but now I am content.’
Just one day after Salamatou’s surgery, the youngster was able to walk, with her sister’s competitive spirit meaning she was not far behind.
‘They were encouraging each other during their time on the ship.
‘One day, Salamatou said to her younger sister, “Because you never smile, I will walk before you.” And she did! This motivated Mariama in her healing.’
Mariama was so amazed by the result she was convinced the straightened casts did not contain her own legs.
‘Their lives are far better now, far improved.’
The sisters had never left their village of Bororos before hearing of the hospital ship Africa Mercy, which provides care to less advanced countries where people cannot afford treatment.
The ship docked in the city Douala, DailymailUk reports.
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