Oklahoma Organization Donates Prosthetic To West African Teen

A West African teenager is now preparing to head back home with a brand new leg.

This was all made possible by two Oklahoma prosthetic companies.

The 15-year-old is now hoping his leg helps him live a new life.

In just a few short but very difficult years, Shep Fidele has gone from being an outcast in his village to having hundreds of new friends.

An orphan, his aunt and uncle threw him out of the house at the age of 8 when his left leg became infected, telling him he was no longer of any use.

The 1040i organization amputated that leg two years later while on an annual medical trip to the country, Fidele was finally reunited with one of the nurses who was there that day.

Nurse, Maggie Jensen, was there when Fidele was facing his toughest of times.

"He had, as you can imagine, terrific pain having a limb amputated, but he was a brave little guy, just tough," said Jensen.

Fidele is one of thousands of West Africans facing a lack of simple, but life-saving medical care.

“It's very difficult for them when they don't have any mobility,” said Fidele. “They are not even considered to be a person.”

He and others are often accused of sorcery and witchcraft when traditional shaman’s remedies don't heal serious maladies.

“It's going to take more groups like us to go in and say hey, there's a different world out there,” said Jensen.

Fidele hopes to be a face for the future for his people, showing that disability does not equal death.

“I want to share with the people how kind and gracious the people in America have been to me,” said Fidele.  “Many of them approach me. They weren't afraid of me. They weren't afraid to touch me.”

Fidele says he hopes to study medicine and become a doctor to help more kids like him, someday.

Segment Sponsored By: Mercy Health Systems

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