An international student from Malaysia is trying to raise thousands of dollars to replace his failing prosthetic leg while living in Ottawa.
Selvan Mohan, 24, was born without a right tibia, kneecap and ankle. His prosthesis lets him run, hike and cycle, but it's wearing down and needs to be replaced.
"There's a lot of parts that are failing, and then the mechanism of helping the leg to give a good flow is not working anymore. So I'm putting a lot of effort to make sure my leg is not going to fail when I'm walking," he said.
"It's not like a car, if it breaks down you can get a tow. If it breaks down, I'm not able to walk."
Mohan is a PhD student in chemistry but he doesn't qualify for student medical insurance and does not have OHIP.
A replacement prosthesis costs about $22,000. A program at The Ottawa Hospital will cover about $10,000, but Mohan still needs more than $11,000.
On Monday night he posted a video on the crowdfunding website, YouCaring.com, and so far it has helped raise about $800.
Mohan said he's touched by the response from people so far and he hopes he'll have a new leg by the end of the year.