Richmond goes to school
When Richmond couldn't walk or sit like other children his age, his family began to worry. His mother, Victoria, did everything she could to support him but she had little understanding of his condition or how best to help him be more mobile.
She was desperate to help her son and took him to a local traditional doctor who suggested they visit the Sirigu Child Rights Centre where the AfriKids team were supporting other children with similar disabilities.
Here Victoria was told about the orthopaedic and physiotherapy clinics run fortnightly for children and parents just like her and Richmond. Medical volunteers offer support to children with similar conditions, assessing their individual situation, identifying a treatment plan and teaching parents how to support them with physiotherapy.
With help from the team, Richmond's condition has dramatically improved. He now has the physical strength to move himself around, sit up and can even use a specially adapted tricycle! All this means he can join others from his community at school and has been given the independence that other children his age have.