Act Of Unbridled Kindness Impacts Young Boy Halfway Around The World

Every year, tens of thousands of children die because their parents are unable to secure vital treatments or pay for operative surgeries. This tragically high number is largely due to a chronic shortage of doctors in poverty stricken areas. In India, one 13-year-old boy was recently given the chance of a lifetime when a stranger from overseas learned about his debilitating condition. The young boy, Mahendra Ahirwar, suffers from a rare muscle disorder called congenital myopathy. The incapacitating condition affects skeletal muscle fibers and causes muscle weakness. The condition has affected Mahendra so much that the young boy cannot even hold up his head, forcing him to permanently let his head hang at an angle of 180 degrees.

The majority of local doctors lacked the skills or equipment to operate on the young boy and Mahendra’s parents couldn’t afford the cost of surgery in New Delhi. In an amazing turn of events, Mahendra would later be informed that a woman from Liverpool, England, was doing everything she could to help. The woman in question, Julie Jones, found out about Mahendra’s story after the boy’s parents made a desperate plea to online news outlets. Ms. Jones was horrified by the boy’s condition and immediately created a crowd funding page dedicated to raising money for Mahendra’s treatment.

Fortunately for the young Indian boy, the crowd funding was highly successful and Mahendra’s parents were able to take their son to get surgery in New Delhi. The spinal surgery was successful and by all accounts, Mahendra is making a full recovery. Ms. Jones would eventually travel to India and meet Mahendra, saying: “I wasn’t prepared for the love I’d feel for him. Meeting the boy whose photos I knew so well was both harrowing and uplifting. I was amazed to see him so thin. By the time I was due to leave, I was an emotional wreck and just didn’t want to go.”

The incident casts the spotlight on the widespread problem of poverty in developing countries like India. It is hoped that increased economic growth, infrastructure development, and educations will help young children like Mahendra have a better chance in life. Woman's

Source: Mail Online
Photo: Mail Online, Channel 5/Dragonfly/Cover Asia Press

Boy receives life changing surgery.

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

When Shanda Zapata, 35, was 19, she received her first colon cancer diagnosis. Then, 12 years later, she received her second. As a result, she has...

A family posted a job advertisement looking for a new nanny on a Scottish website. The family have two children and were offering a generous...

Bunions… they happen. Bunions are those gross protruding bumps that are formed on the edge of your foot. They’re usually caused by wearing shoes...

Two robbers who tried to take down a McDonald's Restaurant in France got a good bit more than they bargained for.

According to media...

The parents of a five-year-old girl from Brazil, were heartbroken when they discovered a series of drawing detailing the horrifying abuse of power...

Latest News Stories

Megan Howerton, who graduated from McHenry High School West Campus on Thursday, was banned from walking at her graduation because she chose to...

In 1944, during World War II, an American bomber took off on a mission with three crew members on board. Somewhere over the Pacific, it came under...

Amazingly, a Texas man survived a traffic accident after a semitrailer rolled over and landed on his Toyota Tundra on July 21. David Herndon, 61,...

Country music star Trace Adkins has struggled with alcohol for some time now, but fans fear that alcohol may be winning the battle. The singer...

An upset father in Denmark says that Somalis who “cannot integrate” are responsible for an attack on his teenage son last summer. It turned out...