Boy, 13, With His Head Hanging At A 180-Degree Angle Can Finally See … After Life-Changing Surgery In India

Boy, 13, With His Head Hanging At A 180-Degree Angle Can Finally See … After Life-Changing Surgery In India
Boy, 13, With His Head Hanging At A 180-Degree Angle Can Finally See … After Life-Changing Surgery In India

Boy, 13, With His Head Hanging At A 180-Degree Angle Can Finally See … After Life-Changing Surgery In India

Boy, 13, With His Head Hanging At A 180-Degree Angle Can Finally See … After Life-Changing Surgery In India

A schoolboy who lived with his head hanging to one side is finally able to see the world ‘straight’ after life-changing surgery.

Mahendra Ahirwar, 13, has a rare condition that made his neck muscles so weak his head hung at a 180-degree angle.

His crocked neck meant Mahendra was restricted to just sitting as he was unable to stand or walk and needed help to eat and go to the toilet.

But Mahendra’s life has been transformed thanks to a stranger, mother-of-two Julie Jones living 4,000 miles away in Liverpool who read his story and raised £12,000 for an operation to straighten his neck.

Now the Mahendra can do the same things other boys his age can – like go to school.

His dad Mukesh, 41, told MailOnline: ‘It’s a miracle! He looks great. His neck is straight; and his life is so very different.

 

‘He’s in a good place. It was heart breaking to see him before. We were on the brink of losing him. When his neck was bent he was too shy to speak but now he feels like a normal person and we can see his confidence levels growing. He is very happy now. He says he can feel the difference and he loves it.’

Mahendra, from Madhya Pradesh, central India, was born with a normal neck but as he grew older his bones became weak and his neck began to bend.

But after years trying to find treatment, Mahendra seeing doctors two years ago and was resigned to spending the rest of his life with a crocked neck.

 

But life was a struggle. Mahendra’s parents even admit they would rather their son die than continue to suffer.

Before the operation, his mum Sumitra, 36, said: ‘I can’t see Mahendra suffer anymore. 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.’

Before surgery Mahendra needed his mum to feed, bathe and dress him. His younger siblings Surendra, 11, and 14-year-old Manisha, both went to school. And his older brother Lalit, 17, tried to find work. Meanwhile he was left at home. Even his friends used to ignore him.

But when Mahendra’s story made headlines around the world, spine surgeon Dr Rajagopalan Krishnan, from Apollo Hospital, in Delhi, offered to help.

In the first surgery of its kind, Dr Krishnan, who spent 15 years working for the NHS in the UK, had to operate on Mahendra’s spine by opening up the front part of his neck.

Read More @ Daily Mail

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