One look at seven-year-old Samira and you will think she's a normal kid. She appears carefree, her eyes sparkling whenever she smiles.
The little kid from western Ukraine, however, used to suffer from severe pain due to a serious disability: She has a club foot, a congenital deformity that limits her movements.
Samira's mother, Nora, was also filled with suffering in her heart just seeing her daughter go through her ordeal. She shared that she had only one dream in life: to be able to see Samira be healthy and able to work.
This dream, however, seemed very hard to reach. Nora and her husband were both uneducated and could not get decent jobs. Samira's father was hired by people to do jobs like cutting grass or digging graves, and got paid just two to four dollars a day. With little money to buy food, the poor family could not imagine how to pay for Samira's operation.
"I feel pain because she is my child," Nora told The Christian Broadcasting Network. "I can't look at her without crying. But I can't do anything for her, I can't pay for the surgery that would allow her to walk and run and play like other children."
Nora's seemingly unreachable dream, however, came true, thanks to the generosity of some Christians. Through CBN's Orphan's Promise which helps less unfortunate children, a surgeon performed an operation on Samira free of charge to correct her condition. The project took care of Samira's surgery and even her post-operative care.
Samira was also enrolled in the Orphan Promise school, where she acquired much needed reading and writing skills. In Nora's words, Samira can now "do everything."
"I can walk and run," Samira said. "I can play with other children. I even take dancing lessons at my school. Thank you for giving me straight legs."