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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 July, 2004, 12:55 GMT 13:55 UK
Free surgery will help girl walk
Emadi Okangbowa
Emadi Okangbowa will have surgery on her foot (inset)
A nine-year-old Nigerian girl who rarely smiles because of a deformity in her foot has been flown to Cambridge for a life-changing operation.

Emadi Okangbowa has a rare form of giantism, which means her left foot is much bigger than normal.

An unnamed Cambridgeshire surgeon will operate to remove part of her foot after offering his services for free.

He will also fit a prosthesis device to Emadi which will make walking much easier for her.

In Nigeria the other children call Emadi the girl who never smiles, but thanks to the Donovan Family Charity, which has brought her to Britain, she will now have a new foot.

"I am very happy to be in England to do my leg," she said.

Her father William Okangbowa added: "It's unbelievable and I'm very proud of her courage. I'm the happiest somebody on earth now."

Emadi has now decided she wants to be a nurse.


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