4 year old Mwayi Josephy was abandoned in the street by her parents because she was born with diplegic cerebral palsy. She has been brought up in Crisis Orphan Care. Her condition means that her leg muscles are extremely tight, and over time, this causes joints to stiffen, reducing the range of motion. Mwayi cannot walk or even stand up without support.
500 miles has made bi-lateral knee ankle foot orthoses (braces) for her so that her legs can be supported in the standing and walking position and as she can get used to being upright and bearing her own weight. Her orthotist and namesake, Mwayi Munthali, said he was touched by the girl’s strong desire to stand and walk.