Saw these making the rounds on the internet, looking for "donations"... Could they possibly be real?? If they are, then my heart breaks for this kid... But, dang-dangit, that looks like an awful lot like Hollywood special effects to me ... Your thoughts Doctors in rural Africa are appealing for British help to save the life of a boy suffering from a rare condition which caused his legs to swell up and resemble those of an elephant. Vincent Oketch, from Peta in Uganda, is fighting for his life after developing a flesh-eating infection which could prove fatal if it remains untreated. Ten-year-old Vincent is believed to have been born with a lymphatic problem, causing the swelling to grow over time. But conflicting diagnoses and basic medical facilities have left him facing amputation as local doctors are confused how to treat the condition. His parents first spotted a problem when he was aged just one and a half, but were too poor to take him to a clinic. As Vincent grew, so did his swollen legs - and now he is unable to walk and can barely even crawl. And because his outsized legs cannot fit into shorts or trousers, Vincent has to wear girl's dresses and skirts. "It really upsets him because he has to wear pink and the other kids tease him," said his father Tito Opoya. "He is only small, but his legs are really heavy and weigh more than he does." Local doctor Isaac Osire is desperately trying to help save the boy, who may have contracted a rare and serious flesh-eating infection called fasciitis. He is appealing to British experts to help with a diagnosis - and possible medical treatment to prevent the need for amputation - and save the boy's life. Dr Osire said: "The hospital now says it is considering amputation of Vincent's legs at the thigh. "I'm very worried about this, because we keep hearing different diagnoses, and it's difficult to know what is correct. "We desperately need a British doctor, or foreign medical expert, who can offer advice about Vincent's case. "The case is extremely complex and we'd like to find out if there is anything that can be done to save his legs." A British doctor currently visiting Uganda hopes to be able to see Vincent in the next few weeks to assess his condition. Dr Osire said: "We're extremely grateful for any help. We urgently need outside medical advice because the case may be too complicated to be treated locally. "I want to do whatever I can to save this boy, and give him the chance of a normal life." The boy's father Tito added: "I hope doctors can do something to help my son. I am grateful to Dr Osire for all he has done for us." Dr Osire bravely helps children across Uganda, and takes those with the most serious conditions to hospital in his own car. "We need financial help," he said. "There are lots of children like Vincent with rare illnesses and no ambulances available in poor rural villages. "I hope we can find a foreign charity who can help us."