An Indian boy was offered life-changing surgery due to a kind gesture from a woman thousands of miles away.
Mahendra Ahirwar from Madhya Pradesh in central India was an outcast because of a rare condition that caused his head to hang upside-down, according to the Daily Mail.
The 13-year-old suffers from congenital myopathy, a muscle disorder that causes extreme weakness and may lead to other health complications, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Most forms of congenital myopathy have no known cures, and the condition is typically managed through supportive treatments, such as physical or speech therapy.
Mahendra was in constant pain and was dependent on his mother for basic needs. As no physician had been able to help him, his parents stopped taking him to doctors.
One day, Julie Jones from Liverpool, England, read about Mahendra’s story and wanted to help.
“While everyone was looking to help, no one was actually doing anything,” Jones said. “So there and then, I got out my laptop, found a crowd-funding website and created an account.”