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What are bowed legs?

Bowed legs is condition where the legs bend, or bow, outward around or below the knees as a result of different rates of growth between the inside and outside of the knee. While bowed legs can be a natural part of a child’s development, it typically remedies itself within the first two years of age. In some children, the condition progresses. If left untreated, bowed legs can cause pain and prevent normal movement.

What issues do children with bowed legs face?



Bowed legs hinder growth and limit mobility because of pain, sometimes causing problems with the spine, nerves, urinary tract, and reproductive system.



Children often experience discrimination, leading to poor self-confidence and isolation.



Lack of mobility makes it hard for children to participate in community life, play with friends, or even consistently attend school.

How does surgery change a child’s life?

  • Legs are straightened and can grow normally.
  • Mobility improves so children can run, play, walk pain-free, and complete school which lead to more opportunities.
  • Children experience hope as they are accepted into community life.

Miracles happen every day at CURE Children’s Hospital of Niger


As Oumayra’s bowed legs grew more painful, her parents grew more desperate to find help. They were referred to CURE Niger, the only hospital in Niger able to provide the care Oumayra needed. After successful surgery and physical therapy, Oumayra says, “I’ve changed, haven’t I? My legs are straight!”

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