Ulrich arrived on the Africa Mercy with backward facing legs. Despite the daily challenges caused by his condition, Ulrich enjoys school, where his favorite school subject is mathematics.
He has 5 siblings and dreams of becoming a journalist because he “likes being able to ask lots of questions”.
Sadly, as Ulrich grows older he faces huge challenges in his daily life that could greatly limit his ability to make his dream come true.
Wanting to give their son the future he deserves, Ulrich’s parents inquired at a local handicap centre about surgery to fix his legs but were told it would cost them thousands of dollars – an impossible expense for the family. All they could do was pray that help would come to their son…then they heard that the Africa Mercy was coming to Cameroon.
When Ulrich was brought to see our screening team, his condition was one of the most severe orthopaedic problems our volunteer nurses had ever seen.
Thankfully, volunteer surgeons were confident they could help, and Urlich was admitted to the Africa Mercy.
Now, Ulrich has had multiple surgeries to fix his legs and is on his way to a full recovery! He is now looking forward to playing football and fetching water for his mother like the other boys do.
“When I would walk in the street people would stare at me. Now they will look at me with a different look. Before they thought I was just a handicapped person and they treated me differently. Now they will look again!”
On Sunday, November 19, Mercy Ships took to their Facebook handle to share pictures of the boy with the caption:
“Straight legs mean a new start in life for 12-year-old Ulrich, who has now received free surgery on the #AfricaMercy to correct his backward facing legs: Before, people would just stare at me in the street and label me a handicap. Now they will look again! #globalsurgery.”
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On their Instagram handle Mercy Ships posted another picture of Ulrich with the caption:
“Just look at that smile! Being able to reach down and touch your toes is an achievement for some but Ulrich is excited that for the first time in his life, he can’t! One leg down and one to go, but more than half way through the transformation that we’ll see in this young boy’s life thanks to our skilled volunteer surgeons and their amazing work. #transformationtuesday.”
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Just look at that smile! Being able to reach down and touch your toes is an achievement for some- but Ulrich is excited that for the first time in his life, he can’t! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ One leg down and one to go, but more than half way through the transformation that we’ll see in this young boy’s life thanks to our skilled volunteer surgeons and their amazing work. #transformationtuesday⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ #thankyou⠀⠀⠀⠀ #globalsurgery⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #faith⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #Africa⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MercyShips⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #hospitalship⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #safesurgery⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #nursing⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #globalhealth⠀
Thank God for life! We wish him speedy recovery.
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