Suzgaka means “problem” and that is what his parents named this boy! He was born with cerebral palsy which means he moves jerkily and has speech difficulties. During childhood he broke his arm which left him with a very contracted and stiff elbow and shoulder. Then in 2012, when he was working on the land, a thorn penetrated his leg deeply and caused infection of the bone, which in turn resulted in a trans-femoral amputation. From then on he was wheelchair-bound, unable to hop with crutches because of his palsy.
Aged 17, and by this point very weak, he was brought in a wheelchair to 500 miles in Mzuzu by his brother in June 2013. We were concerned that Suzgaka would never be able to use a limb but he was set some simple exercises to see if he could regain some strength. When he returned it transpired that, with his brother’s assistance and a lot of determination, he had done his exercises daily and could now stand and hop with the heavy use of the walking bars.