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Seychelles child becomes the youngest to get Jaipur Foot

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Brandon Ah Kong, a 15-month-old boy from Seychelles, became the youngest beneficiary of Jaipur Foot, with the artificial limb given him at a camp held last month.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samitid (BMVSS), a Jaipur-based international NGO, organised the camp at Solitude in Mauritius, together with the Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF), a Mauritius NGO headed by former Mauritius Minister Aroomugham Parsuraman. There, Brandon’s parents contacted the GRF. He was examined by Dr. Youven Naiken Gopalla, but providing an artificial limb to the 15-month-old proved difficult because part of his right leg below the knee was not developed.

The team of Jaipur Foot that provides fitments to the other disabled prepared the small limb and the foot within two days, using an innovative technology.

The small foot, perhaps the smallest artificial limb in the world, was fitted to Brandon, who was made to walk with support.

“We at Jaipur Foot have reasons to celebrate as Brandon has become one of the youngest among the 1.4 million global beneficiaries of Jaipur Foot. He would be able to walk in future like a normal person, and as he grows in age and height, he will continuously get a new Jaipur Foot [free of cost],” said D.R. Mehta, founder and the chief patron of BMVSS.

The BMVSS has helped the GRF open a permanent centre in Port Louis, Mauritius. It has been aptly named Mahaveer Indradhanush Jaipur Foot Centre.

In 2014, the BMVSS, in association with the GRF, conducted three camps for the benefit of over 450 persons.

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