Ravette was disabled by an anti-malarial injection when she was a baby. Her “backward-bending knees” left her struggling to walk, sit in a chair, or attend school. She knows what it’s like to be bullied and ridiculed – to watch from the side-lines as other children run and play together.

She and her mum had travelled across Congo to reach Mercy Ships. Ravette’s smile grew wider when she was chosen for surgery. Prior to surgery, Ravette’s legs were placed in the first of a series of specialty orthopaedic casts that would gradually stretch her legs to increase the bendability.  Then came the operation which was a huge success.  Ravette was thrilled at taking her first few steps after surgery.