Sep 30, 2015

The Boy Who Survived The Crash

In 2010, on a day like any other, Refan's parents, Nanag and Maryani, road their motorbike to the market. With Refan wrapped tightly in a sarong against his mother's chest, their bike suddenly crashed. Blowing in the wind, Nanag's sarong was caught in the rear wheel, forcing all three of them to be violently ripped to the ground. When Nanag and Maryani came to, the shock of seeing their 16-month-old baby's leg detached from his body made them unaware of what had just happened.

"Common in the developing world, a woman’s sarong will get caught in the rear wheel of a motorbike, resulting in traumatic injury or even death."

As bystanders witnessed the crash, they quickly rushed to Refan's side to apply pressure - if not, the blood loss would have turned fatal. By flagging down a vehicle, the three were able to be rushed to the nearest hospital.

Despite not having the proper equipment to perform the complex surgery of reattaching Refan's leg, the surgeon decided there was not enough time to transport Refan to the nearest, more advanced hospital in Surabaya - 167 miles away. As a result, Refan was left without his lower right leg - but nonetheless, was extremely lucky to be alive.

Fast forward to 2014 - making only $3 a day, Nanag and Maryani could not afford the prosthetic care Refan began to need and would continue to need for many years to come. Through your support, we were able to change that. In the summer of 2014, Refan received his first prosthetic device and has already started running, dancing and being the firecracker he is!

“Refan loves to dance, climb and go to school, but none of these things would have been possible if it weren’t for your help."

ALTSO is committed to providing Refan new prosthetic devices, adjustments, and rehabilitation until his 19th birthday, documenting his achievements along the way.


Jul 14, 2015

The Rising Need - ALTSO's On-Going Work in Asia

Sofi before treatments
Sofi before treatments

A Leg To Stand On has been treating children with limb disabilities for more than 12 years now, and for the last three years we have been overjoyed to share that journey with you.

In those 12 years, we have been privileged enough to treat more than 13,000 children with limb disabilities in developing countries all over the world. With your help, we hope to treat 2,000 more this year - no small feat!

But as we are able to treat more and more children every year, we are also receiving more requests than ever for treatment.

Children like 17-year-old Sofi who suffers from cerebral palsy - a neurological disorder that primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. 

Sofi is able to walk with the assistance of others but because of years sitting cross-legged, she prefers to crawl the majority of the time. Although Sofi has spent years studying at a school for children with disabilities, she feels too ashamed around her peers to continue her education.

In early 2015, Sofi was identified by ALTSO’s program partner to participate in a three-week intensive therapy program.  Sofi's confidence began to increase. She has shown significant improvement both physically and emotionally. Her muscle contractures in both her hands and feet have reduced and her ability to walk and hold things is becoming easier to manage. The program also encourages parents to support their child's independence - enabling Sofi to conduct a few exercises on her own.

WIth your help we can continue to make a difference in lives of children like Sofi. Please join us today.

Sofi during treatment
Sofi during treatment
Sofi after treatments
Sofi after treatments
Apr 28, 2015

Nepal needs your help!

Little Girl - Nepal
Little Girl - Nepal

Our project to help 40 children in Asia gain or regain their mobility has now treated 30 of the 40 children - thanks to you!!

But, after the tragic earthquake in Nepal, we are already seeing the need for even more pediatric orthopedic care in the wake of the disaster.

ALTSO has been partnered in Nepal since 2009, helping them reach the most rural and under served children in the country who otherwise would have no means of receiving the treatment that they desperately need for their limb disabilities.

This project has already helped to treat several children in Nepal and can now be a life-changing event for each child, a glimmer of hope and a chance at opportunities that would be otherwise missed during this horrific tragedy.

Right now, we are working to raise money for Nepal's children specifically.  Anything raised on GlobalGiving in the next two weeks will go directly to Nepal in addition to the funds ALTSO has already committed for this year's treatment.

Please keep the families of Nepal in your thoughts and help us to begin providing relief to the thousands who are affected by this disaster.

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