14-Year-Old With Abnormal Leg Deformity Wants To Walk Again, Help Him | Milaap
14-Year-Old With Abnormal Leg Deformity Wants To Walk Again, Help Him
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    Abhishek

    from Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh

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If you were to look at Abhishek, you would be taken by his determination to do things by himself. But while he comes off as a regular teenager at first glance, his body tells a different story. When your sight dips down to his legs, you will notice the cause of the 14-year-old’s plight and the reason why he hasn’t lived a single day of his life as a normal child.

Abhishek suffers from traumatic distortion and deformation of the limb which has affected his left leg. His entire lower limb, beginning at his knee joint, is bent at an extremely odd angle. Only a series of surgeries can give him the hope of walking on his two feet again.

He was just 3 years old when the disease hit

Abhishek and his mother, Suman, had been visiting a relative, when she discovered that her son was suddenly having trouble standing. Abhishek, then a toddler, was taken to many doctors, who said that his left knee was severely infected and needed urgent treatment.

“Abhishek’s father wasn’t there with me at the time as he had left the house after an argument. So, I took my son to the hospital, and he underwent surgery as per the doctor’s advice. Little did I know back then that everything would go wrong from that point on.” - Suman, mother

His leg wasn’t bent initially, and only got worse with time

“The doctors advised that he start walking soon after surgery so he can adjust to moving about on his legs again. My son too was very adamant, and he did exactly as the doctors said. As days passed, we noticed that there was an abnormal curving to his leg, near his knee. We asked him to stop, but Abhishek wouldn’t listen to us. He wanted to walk no matter what. Now, his leg is bent at such an odd angle that he needs crutches to walk…” - Suman

He stopped going to school after authorities asked him to transfer elsewhere

Abhishek discontinued school after finishing the 6th grade, following blatant refusal from the school authorities in teaching him. He was asked to transfer to a different school due to his physical impairment. Worried about their son’s future, his parents have urged him to pursue his academics time and again, but Abhishek remains unwilling.

He doesn’t like to go out, or be seen anywhere in public because he is embarrassed about his leg. My son is sensitive and he takes all the cruel remarks and taunts that people make about him to heart. Even though he doesn’t say much, he understands the situation well.” - Suman

His family of 7 is solely dependent on his father’s income

Babloo, Abhishek’s father, works as a daily-wage labourer, and running the family with a meagre income of INR 5,000 is difficult for him. Over the last several years, everytime Babloo tried to reach out for help to get his son treated he was given the cold-shoulder by all his near and dear ones. So, he worked extra jobs and did not care for his own comfort as his aim is to provide for the family and his ailing son.

“People keep on promising, but when the times come for help, they all leave. No one helped me. Even my siblings have deserted me. When they needed me, I was there, when it was my time, they left. I haven’t taken a single penny as loan from anyone.” - Babloo


Apart from Abhishek, his mother, Suman, also suffers from a disability in the leg, which has hindered her movement. She works as a domestic help, washing clothes for a family, but cannot work for a prolonged period due to the issue with her leg.

Abhishek will require surgical intervention, limb reconstruction in multiple stages and physical rehabilitation for a period of at least 12 months. His entire treatment plan comes at the cost of INR 25 lakh, which is impossible for his parents to bear.


“I just want my son to get well. Even if the need to amputate his leg arises, so be it, as long as he doesn’t have to suffer like this anymore. Let him be able to do things for himself and make a living. I don’t expect him to look after me, either. I wish for him to live the life that he was deprived of.” - Babloo.

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