6-year-old travels 7,500 miles for surgery, walks for 1st time

6-year-old travels 7,500 miles for surgery, walks for 1st time (Image 1)
6-year-old travels 7,500 miles for surgery, walks for 1st time (Image 1)

A 6-year-old boy from Palestine traveled 7,500 miles to undergo a surgery that allowed him to walk for the first time.

Hadi Alkhadra was born with a condition known as arthrogryposis, which gave him locked knees and feet that were facing the wrong direction.

He had to crawl or be carried by his parents in order to get around, according to ABC News.

Hadi traveled to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, California to correct the condition.

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund helped the family fund the trip.

“All of these people we have met, they have worked so well together to help Hadi,” the boy’s mother, Shireen Alkhadra, said.

After undergoing a series of surgeries under orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Rinsky, Nadi now wears a brace that allows him to wear shoes, stand and walk for the first time.

He is still recovering and undergoing rehab, but he looks forward to going home to his sister, two brothers and dad later this month.

Nadi will also attend school for the first time and wants to to be a surgeon like Dr. Rinsky.

*ABC News contributed to this story.

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