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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.

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