Josh was born in Rwanda with cerebral palsy (hemiplegic type: one-sided paralysis). He spent 7 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). At nine-months old, the right side of his body became paralyzed. And, at one-year old Joshua’s parents realized that his right and left eyes did not line up in the same direction (strabismus).
When he started to walk, the right foot could not touch the ground, only the toes. The local doctors treated him with orthopedic shoes and used an orthopedic cast to straighten his right leg and flatten his foot, but unfortunately nothing worked. Joshua’s vision has also been affected and even with two years of using eyeglasses, his vision hasn’t improved.
The doctors recommended that Joshua’s parents seek treatment outside of the country, but they are not able to afford the treatment required. Joshua’s mother found JHI on Facebook and was relieved to finally find assistance. JHI is working on a treatment plan now. Joshua will be treated by an Italian doctor in Kenya. Watch for more updates on Joshua!