Physician gives South African boy hope of walking - Article Photos 1/4

Andre de Guisti, 2, from Johannesburg, South Africa, hugs Dr. Anthony de Bari on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Mich. Dr. de Bari operated on de Guisti two years ago when he heard from a fellow doctor who traveled to South Africa for a hunting trip about a boy born with an abnormal development of the lower spine. Doctors in South Africa said the only option was to amputate Andre's legs, but when Dr. de Bari, who has three patients in Saginaw with the same condition, heard about Andre, he offered to help. The de Guistis flew to Saginaw and Andre received surgery the same week. Despite a lot of physical therapy ahead of him de Bari is surprised at how well Andre has improved and expects him to be able to walk. (AP Photo/The Saginaw News, Clay Lomneth )