Naja Lewis finally walks ...child's mother says money still needed for additional surgery

April 01, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Naja Lewis is now able to walk without aid.
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Naja Lewis's mother Kerry-Ann Davis helps her to put on her leg braces.
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Naja Lewis
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Naja Lewis poses unassisted.
File Naja Lewis walks with her crutches.

... child's mother says money still needed for additional surgery

Naja Lewis, a brilliant little girl born with clubfeet, has made remarkable progress since THE STAR featured her story last year, and she is still at the top of her grade four class at the Holy Family Primary School in Kingston.

Being born with clubfeet meant that Naja's feet turned upwards like a golf club, but with the help of some good Samaritans she underwent multiple operations to correct the affliction.

Naja's mother, Kerry-Ann Davis told THE WEEKEND STAR she is grateful for her daughter's progress.

"I feel good because from she born she couldn't walk properly. She was walking on the side of her feet. She used to have a lot of problems because she always used to get tired and it used to hurt her. I used to have to lift her up and carry her on my back. And she say children used to trouble her at school," she said.

noticeable limp

Naja is now able to walk and run with the aid of supportive braces called Ankle-Foot-Orthosis (AFO).

However, doctors have noticed that the left leg is almost two inches shorter than the right leg and that is causing her to walk with a noticeable limp, which could eventually lead to scoliosis.

"Right now me deh yah a fret that she's going to get scoliosis. If she gets scoliosis me would feel very bad because she neva born with it, just the foot problem," Davis added.

Doctors have advised Davis to go overseas to do the foot lengthening procedure, as local doctors do not have the resources to do it. Though Davis does not know the cost of the surgery as yet, she is sure her meagre income as a hairdresser cannot suffice.

"We would need money for air fare, a place to stay, plus the money for the surgery," she said.

Despite the challenges, Davis said Naja's academic achievements have never faltered. "The teacher said she is the brightest child in the class. She said she gave the class a grade six paper to read and Naja was the only one that could read the paper well," Davis said, beaming with pride.

The offer assistance to Naja, persons can contact her mother at 1-876-863-6872.

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