Big smiles from Godfried

New prosthetic boot for youngter who lost his foot

19 November 2019 | People

Two years have passed since Godfried Siwombe arrived at the Hollard office with hope in his eyes. He was only 7 years old when he lost his mother and brother when lightning struck the shack they were sleeping in, leaving him alone and scarred for life, having lost his right foot in the ordeal.
Godfried’s story was published in local media, sharing his plight for assistance in creating a better future.
Hollard answered the call and along with Dr Norman Campbell from Advance Orthopaedics Namibia arranged for Godfried to come to Windhoek where he received a tailor-made prosthetic boot. This enabled the youngster to walk, run, play and do all the things that a child of his age takes for granted.
But the story does not end there… a promise was made to a little boy that when the time comes for him to get a new boot, Hollard would be there.
Fast forward to 12 November 2019.
A familiar smile greeted Team Hollard as they arrived at the offices of Dr Campbell, where Godfried and his aunt Maria were waiting. The little boy has grown so much, and due to the circumstances he is faced with, having to walk to school and more, the old boot had taken some serious strain. He was about to get his brand new boot, some new sneakers and a lunch, everything a little boy could ask for.
Dr Campbell adjusted the boot, making sure that it would fit perfectly. While the boot was being adjusted, Godfried was asked a couple of questions about what has happened to him in the last 2 years.
He said that since he received the boot, he began playing football again and really wants to be a goalkeeper. When asked what he would like to become when he grows up, he expressed the hope of becoming a police officer.
When one hears about the ambitions and dreams that Godfried has, one cannot forget that only two years ago, this little boy’s right leg was bleeding from the cracks created by having to “step” on rocks and thorns on the roads in the Tsumeb area where he comes from.
He came from crawling to a vantage point to watch the other kids play football, to standing with them, ready to play a game!

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