This is Mariam from Ethiopia. After she was born, she developed bow legs. Her village thought she was cursed and they used to cross themselves when they saw her. Mariam’s mother was forced to hide her in their home. After visiting several hospitals Mariam’s mother was told to expose her daughter to the sunlight and this would help heal her bow legs. Mariam’s mother did as she was told, but after trying this for months she did not see any changes in her daughter’s legs. Then one day as Mariam was lying out in the sun, a stranger walked past and told her mother about the CURE hospital in Addis Ababa and that they could help Mariam.
Mariam’s mother took her daughter straight to CURE Ethiopia. There they were able to cure her bow legs and give her a whole new life. Mariam is now able to run around, play with her friends and is no longer scorned by her community.