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Boy With Elephant Leg Needs Help

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May 17, 2012 –  Boy With Elephant Leg Needs Help

A 10 year old boy, Vincent Oketch is currently struggling to fight for his life as his condition is getting worse.

As it is now, his legs have swelled to elephant size — but no one knows how to treat him.

Vincent Oketch, ten, is thought to have a lymphatic problem that caused the swelling to grow over time.

He is also believed to suffer from elephantitis and tissue deformity while the swelling has left him with a dislocated hip and broken ankles.

But tests suggest he also has necrotising fasciitis — which could lead to his legs being amputated to save his life.

boy with elephant leg

The conflicting diagnosis mean doctors in Kampala, Uganda, are confused as to how to treat the youngster.

Now medic Isaac Osire, who runs an organisation called EDYAC that helps children from poor villages get medical treatment, is appealing to British experts for help to save the boy, from rural Peta.

He said: “We desperately need a British doctor, or foreign medical expert, who can offer advice about Vincent’s case.

“The case is extremely complex and we’d like to find out if there is anything that can be done to save his legs.”

Vincent’s dad Tito Opoya told how his son first began having problems when he was just 18 months old.

His parents were too poor to take him to a clinic so the swelling continued to get bigger as his legs grew.

Now he can no longer walk and barely crawl.

He has to wear girl’s dresses and skirts because he cannot fit into shorts or trousers.

Tito said: “It really upsets him because he has to wear pink and the other kids tease him.

“He is only small, but his legs are really heavy and weigh more than he does.”

A British doctor currently visiting Uganda hopes to be able to see Vincent in the next few weeks to assess his condition.

Dr Osire said: “We’re extremely grateful for any help.

“I want to do whatever I can to save this boy, and give him the chance of a normal life.”

Tito added: “I hope doctors can do something to help my son. I am grateful to Dr Osire for all he has done for us.

Lord please have mercy on this young man. (The Sun)



  1. Ola Akinrotoye , 4rm abuja,

    May 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Let them also go to church and pray bcus there is nothin dt God cn nt do. Dis is behold human undastandin is horible!! But I believ dt nothin is imposible wit our God! And I pry dt watsoever dt swelin inside dat leg dry off in JESUS name!!!

    • Lourdes Camacho

      May 22, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      I will pray for this beautiful child. May the Lord put his arms around him and at least make him comfortable. He is beautiful.

  2. Susan

    May 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    May the good Lord that created him look him with merciful eyes

  3. Amos Joy

    May 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    God heal in Jesus name,wao wat a sad story.

  4. oke sarah

    May 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I pray dat God will intervene in this case soon.

  5. Ocean kubi

    May 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    May almight God help him,noting pass God.

  6. After God, fear woman

    May 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    It says, nok and it shall be open, lord, ur son is Noking at ur holy door 4help, pls lord i pray, may u grant their heart Desire in Jesus name, Amen

  7. jumoke

    May 17, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    sure there is nothing dat is impossible for God to do,let his parent be prayerful n i know he surely answer their prayers.

  8. Liz

    May 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Oh God! heal dis boy in Jesus name!

  9. Damilare

    May 18, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    God is a merciful God. I believe he wil hav compassion on his,he is the master healer,he wil heal him and send helper to him.

  10. ABC

    May 18, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    God can heal! Jst believe

  11. Helen job

    May 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    God wil heal u at his appointed tym

  12. Bethel Valentine

    May 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    the God dat watches ova d baby frm d womb wl cm to his aid, amen

  13. bada

    May 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Allah knows the best for him.we shall cont. To pray for him.insha Allahu

  14. Chris Chidi

    May 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    God is the IMPOSSIBILITY SPECIALIST,i pray that God should heal him,amen.

  15. lawrence ngwemba

    May 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Let him come to Malawi at Beit cure hospital

  16. pastor

    May 19, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    with God all things are possible.Elisha said today u wl knm there is a prophet in israel..bring dis d God of prophet t.b. Joshua.i blv dis boy wl walk again ijn

  17. Roman joseph

    May 19, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    Hey guys lets pray hard to help that child remember Lord is able!!

  18. mercy mutero

    May 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    may the Lord God c u thru yo time of need.i pray he sends his angel to help u find a solution to yo problm

  19. Gbemmysurlar harrabar

    May 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Jesus went in2 d Temple,he sent those buying nd selling out of d Temple.i pray dat any dat is nt of God in dat leg,will hear d voice of God nd JESUS NAME.AMEN.

  20. temitope olukole

    June 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    may the almighty god help him out.

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