Mar 20, 2015

Meet Kevin and how Mahavir Kmina is helping him overcome bullying with his new prosthesis

Kevin and his mom Dana
Kevin and his mom Dana

This is Kevin. He is 7 years old and lives in a small town near Medellin with his mom, dad and little sister. Kevin lost his leg when he was a baby due to a severe whooping cough. He is a positive and energetic boy and everytime we see him here at Mahavir Kmina he is jumping and playing!

We have provided Kevin with two prosthesis already -children's artificial legs have to be changed at least once a year because they are constantly growing -. He is positive and brave, but before his prosthesis he had a hard time in school, he has had to change schools twice because of terrible bullying. He was even refusing to go to school entirely. In Mahavir we not only provide people who have lost their legs with a prosthetic limbs but we have psycologist that can help them and their family navigate the difficulties of having a dissability. So next time he came to our offices we set to do something about the situation.

Kevin and his mom worked with our in house psycologist to work out the best way explain to the school's principal and teachers how to talk to other students about Kevin's situation. Here in Mahavir Kmina we strive not only to rehabilitate people physically but also to streghten their self-esteem and promote their inclusion in their community

Now Kevin is feeling better, he likes going to school and in his his own brave words "I only need the love of my mom, dad and little sister, with this new leg I can run play soccer and hide and seek with the friends that love me the way I am ".

Kevin playing marbles
Kevin playing marbles
Kevin and his mom!
Kevin and his mom!
Kevin proudly standing up!
Kevin proudly standing up!
Feb 18, 2015

Angelica and the best trip of her life

Angelica posing with her new leg!
Angelica posing with her new leg!

This is Angelica, a lovely, smiley and kind girl from a colorful, but small, town called Cáqueza in Cundianamarca, the state that holds our capital, Bogotá .She is 13 years old and is full of life, even though she lost her right leg due to an infection (gangrene) just a few months ago.

Angelica and her family, as many other Colombian amputees’ families we attend, had to travel a long way to our only offices in La Estrella, Antioquia. Despite a four hundred miles trip will always be exhausting, this one was totally worth it when she got her new chance at life: her new leg!

In Mahavir Kmina Artificial Limb Center, we accompanied Angelica and her family in all the process: our wonderful team gave them medical, social and psychological attention, plus personalized engineer attention for design her prosthesis, and, now, after almost a year since this fighter lost her leg, she can walk, run and go to school again, all this thanks to your help and generosity! She is ready to catch up with everything she left behind!

Angelica overcame the biggest challenge she has had in her short life and, with your support, we can keep giving more children and teens, from all around the country, the opportunity to do it, as they develop property and grow happy and healthy!

So, once again, THANK YOU for being their silent hero!

Look what a beautiful smile!
Look what a beautiful smile!
Angelica shows us her new prothesis
Angelica shows us her new prothesis
Nov 19, 2014

David the superhero and the super-especial Christmas present!

Super-David with his new leg and arm
Super-David with his new leg and arm

David is a sweet and happy preschooler from Medellín, Colombia, but at 6 years old and due to a rare genetic defect he has had to overcome more challenges than most at such a young age, but David, as his mother says “Is a superhero” and takes every challenge with a smile!

His rare genetic disorder prevented one of his legs and one of his arms to grow fully, leaving him unable to develop properly. The special care he required prevented David from entering preschool at the right age, so he is trying his best to catch up. Thanks to your generosity we were able to give David one amazing early Christmas present and he will be able to run and play, grab pencils, crayons and soccer ball and enter the first grade in no time!

With your support and our wonderful team of craftmen and our in-house ingeneer we gave David not only a new leg but a new arm complete with a new little hand! He says he feels like the super heroes he sees on TV and can't wait to show his new super power to his friends at preschool.

David's mother is beyond words, she says she has never been able to afford a protheses for her son let alone two! And this was the best present she and her family could receive, to see David playing and laughing full of confidence and feeling like he could overcome any obstacle is the most amazing gift.

Your support will allow us to continue giving children like David the opportunity to grow happy and healthy, with your generosity you are not only helping our team provide children with a new prostheses but giving them a chance at the beautiful childhood and even with a little imagination some secret superpowers!

David before he got his prostheses
David before he got his prostheses
David showing off his new leg!
David showing off his new leg!
 
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