A 13-year-old Indian boy born with a rare condition which caused his head to hang at an extreme angle has had a major surgery that finally allows him to see the world right-side-up.
Mahendra Ahirwar, from Madhya Pradesh, India, was born with a rare condition that caused his neck muscles to be so weak that his head hung to one side. Because his neck was crooked, he was unable to stand or walk and could not eat or go to the bathroom without assistance.
Now, at age 13, Mahendra has been given the opportunity of a lifetime, thanks to a mother who lives 4,000 miles away.
Julie Jones of Liverpool, England, read Mahendra's story and started a fundraising campaign which raised nearly $15,000 to pay for an operation to fix his neck, says DNA India.
Now, thanks to Jones' kindness, Mahendra is able to perform normal tasks and can go to school with others his age.
"It's a miracle! He looks great. His neck is straight ... his life is so very different," his father, Mukesh, 41, told the Daily Mail. "He’s in a good place. It was heart breaking to see him before. We were on the brink of losing him."
"I can't see Mahendra suffer anymore," his mother, Sumitra, 36, said before the surgery. "Watching his life is devastating. He cannot do anything by himself. He just sits in a corner of the room all day. It's no life. I have to carry him like a baby everywhere, how will I carry him when he grows older? If doctors cannot treat my son it is better that God takes him."
Thankfully, Mahendra's life has turned around and he is heading toward a better life.
"I can finally say we are a happy family now," Mukesh said. "Happiness has found our address after Mahendra's surgery. I feel so blessed."