Some well-wishers have moved to assist a five-year-old girl from Wisiki Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Machinjiri in Blantyre after an article published in The Nation detailing how she struggles to walk because her parents could not afford to pay for correction of her leg.
Chifuniro Timothy was born with a condition called gait which forced her to use only the front part of her feet because her ankles were deformed.
Her mother, Patricia Timothy, confirmed in an interview on Wednesday that two days after publication of the article, a group of members of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in Bangwe visited her daughter and donated K10 000 as start-up cost for her treatment.
“I went to Beit Cure International today [Wednesday] where she has started receiving treatment and doctors have assured total recovery. The doctors said I have to report to the hospital every Thursday,” she said.
Another well-wisher, a Blantyre Synod cleric who asked for anonymity, pledged to meet transport fares each time the girl goes to the hospital.
“I am not stopping others to come and help the Timothy family. The family needs full support; others should come to see and hear for themselves,” said the cleric when he visited the family on Wednesday.
The feature article, titled Pains of Chifuniro, was published on December 22 2015. n