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Local doctor gives little boy his first steps

Two-year-old Andre de Guisti with his father. Two-year-old Andre de Guisti with his father.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Andre de Guisti is an energetic 2-year-old with a new hope for walking. Doctors told his parents the little boy may not ever be able to walk and they wanted to amputate his legs.

But a remarkable journey brought the family more than 8,500 miles from South Africa to Saginaw, Mich. to seek treatment for their son's legs.

Nearly two years after an operation, Andre is back for a check-up.

Little Andre was born with dislocated hips and problems with the tendons in his legs. Doctors in South Africa never even gave him an X-ray -- they told his parents there wasn't much hope.

"Every doctor you went to had kind of the same story or a worse scenario," said de Guisti.

The family met a doctor from Saginaw while he was on a safari. That doctor put them in touch with Covenant Healthcare and ultimately a doctor who could perform the necessary operation.

Dr. Anthony Debari performed the operation on then-6-month-old Andre.

"It's very cool, you know he's not perfect but at least he's up walking with a walker now, probably with some crutches when he gets older," said Debari.

Part of Andre's therapy includes swimming and horseback riding. He turns 3 in February.

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