Two beautiful sisters have been left with untold joy after undergoing a corrective surgery that straightened their legs again.
The two sisters Salamatou and Mariama
Two sisters with a rare condition that caused their legs to become severely twisted have been given a new life after corrective surgery straightened their legs again.
According to Dailymail, Salamatou, eight, and Mariama, six, from Mount Manengouba, Cameroon, developed ‘windswept’ limbs due to a condition known as valgus, also known as knock knees, which can occur as a result of malnutrition.
A lack of nutrients during bone development caused their knees to knock together while they walked, which resulted in them rarely attending school due to them being unable to manage the journey.
After hearing about a hospital ship, run by a charity, docking many miles away, the girls and their parents made the grueling 100 miles journey over rocky terrain from their mountain village to the harbour.
The girls, who were walking just one day after their surgeries, were so amazed by the results Mariama did not believe the legs she was seeing could possibly be her own.
Speaking of his daughters’ future, their father Debo said: ‘Now, they will be able to commit to school and use their education.
‘Before, my heart was anxious for my family, but now I am content.’
‘Their lives are far better now’
Just one day after Salamatou’s surgery, the youngster was able to walk, with her sister’s competitive spirit meaning she was not far behind.
Debo said: ‘They were encouraging each other during their time on the ship.
‘One day, Salamatou said to her younger sister, “Because you never smile, I will walk before you.”And she did! This motivated Mariama in her healing.’
Mariama was so amazed by the result she was convinced the straightened casts did not contain her own legs.