Dr. Nikhil Verma of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush recently had the opportunity to perform pro bono surgery on two young basketball prodigies from Juba, South Sudan. The 16-year-olds, Anyang and Garang, are students at Impact Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Florida where they both sustained injuries during practice.
Anyang, who is seven feet tall and a life-long soccer enthusiast, only started playing basketball at age 14. Now, he’s enjoying honing his basketball skills, studying math and learning English. “My mission now is just school and basketball,” he explains. His best friend Garang, ‘the short one,’ is six feet, seven inches tall. Both boys hope to play for a D1 basketball program when they finish high school.