Marie Madeleine watches from the sidelines


Marie Madeleine is incredibly smart. In addition to speaking Wolof and French, this 13-year-old is learning English on top of her studies. She loves school, but there is one class she cannot participate in—physical education. As her classmates run around the yard, Marie Madeleine watches from the sidelines with dreams of playing soccer one day. A severely tight muscle contracture has caused her knee to bend in the wrong direction, thus affecting her ability to walk.


The day before her surgery, Marie Madeleine, full of hope, talked about her new life, already excited about how she will walk faster and even run after her surgery! 

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