Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!

by A Leg To Stand On
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Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
We Did It!
We Did It!

We did it!

Thanks to your support, we have reached our goal to give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk! That means we have treated more than 16,700 children since 2003 - and we could not have done it without your help

But our work is far from done. ALTSO's goal is to provide high-quality continuous care for all our patients until they are 18. One of ALTSO's earliest patients, Bhupendra, was first treated in 2006. Bhupendra received over a dozen free prosthetic limbs as his body grew, and now at 20 years old is studying to become a professor of chemistry at a leading university in his home state of Gujarat. 

For our CoolKids, like Bhupendra, mobility is so much more than movement. Mobility is empowerment, hope and the chance to live self-sufficiently. 

On behalf of the 16,700+ children we have treated so far, thank you for helping us change the face of disability around the world!

 

- The ALTSO Team 

P.S. Keep an eye out for the launch of a new project in February!  

ALTSO CoolKid, Bhupendra
ALTSO CoolKid, Bhupendra

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Dwi showing off his Joshi leg
Dwi showing off his Joshi leg

ALTSO is honing in on the most innovative and cost effective ways to provide prosthetic treatments to our patients while still offering high quality products that our patients and our partners can be proud of.

As we recently announced, ALTSO has launched The Joshi prosthetic limb. As you likely know, it's an innovative design that combines some of the best materials available to create one of the highest quality limbs currently offered to children in the developing world - something no other organization has ever done. 

But we know that our patients are not just dealing with the physical effects of their disability. The emotional toll of having a prosthetic, especially as a child, can be extremely hard to manage. With that in mind, ALTSO spent a long time working on the design of our limbs with the look and feel taking as much priority as the durability and quality.

We are proud to let you know that the first batch of these brand new limb kits have been extremely well received by our partners and our patients! Dwi is one such beneficiary of our first shipment of Joshi limb kits. Not only has Dwi been a patient of ALTSO's for several years, having regained his mobility through your support, but we are now able to offer him a longer lasting, more durable, lighter and - if we do say so ourselves - much cooler looking prosthetic. 

But our work is far from done. This year alone we received requests to treat more than 3,000 children, and now with the new limb kits available we are receiving even more!  Now more than ever, we need your continued support in order to register more children for The Joshi.

On behalf of the 16,000+ children we have already treated, and the thousands more we aim to treat in 2018, thank you for your continued dedication and support.
Dwi loves his Joshi Leg
Dwi loves his Joshi Leg

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Joshi Collection
Joshi Collection

Thanks to supporters like you, ALTSO just celebrated treating 16,000 children since we first started in 2003!

This year, ALTSO is honored to introduce The Joshi Collection - a high-quality modular limb kit system for pediatric and adolescent amputees living in low to middle income countries. 

The Joshi collection is unique in that its sole objective is to bring more choices and prosthetic options to children whose families cannot afford treatment in the developing world. Tak (pictured below) is one of the beneficiaries of your continued support over the last several years. 

Mobility means so much more than movement - especially for children and adolescents from the lowest economic backgrounds. Mobility means access to education, increased self-esteem and improvement in socio-economic status

With your support and The Joshi Collection we will be able to continue giving children the ability to walk. 

Thanks again - we could not do it without you. 

Tak showing off his Joshi Collection.
Tak showing off his Joshi Collection.

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Sreynay with her older sister in 2016
Sreynay with her older sister in 2016

I want to introduce you to Sreynay, a 9-year-old girl from Cambodia. One of seven children, Sreynay used to be part of a large family living in a rural part of the country. Several years ago though, the children were abandoned by their parents, leaving them to fend for themselves.

Early in 2015 Sreynay was at a lake with her sister when a snake bit her right leg. Her leg became infected almost immediately. Thanks to the intervention of some locals, Sreynay and her sister were taken to a local orphanage for care. It was there that she finally was able to see a doctor for the first time when they determined that the infection was too severe for treatment; the only option was amputation. 

Soon after her surgery in April of 2015, where she lost her right leg, ALTSO met Sreynay and knew that we had to begin treatment as soon as possible. Within the month, Sreynay had received her first prosthetic limb and was back on her feet almost immediately. 

Like all of ALTSO’s patients, we have promised Sreynay to continue providing her treatments until she turns 18 years old. This ensures that as she grows she will continue to receive the devices she needs to stay mobile. 

As Sreynay grows she will need up to 3 new devices and adjustments per year. We need to make sure that we can continue to fulfill our promise to keep young Sreynay walking and we can’t do it without you! 

Pictured below is Sreynay with her sister - the only family she has left. Through some of life’s most tragic challenges, she continues to be a smiley and active little girl. She dreams of becoming a chef someday, and despite her accident years ago, she is determined to make her dreams come true - and so are we! 

I cannot thank you enough for your dedication to ALTSO’s children. It is transformations like those of Sreynay that we see every day that remind us why we do the work that we do. Thank you for being such an important part of our work and Sreynay’s life! 

Please join us in continuing to treat Sreynay and children like her all over the world who are in need of life-changing treatment but cannot afford it! Your support of $5, $10 or $15 will go toward providing children with limb disabilities in the developing world the opportunity to be mobile, get an education, and achieve their dreams by being independently mobile! 

Sreynay with her older sister in 2016
Sreynay with her older sister in 2016
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8 year old Bhupendra
8 year old Bhupendra

10 years ago, the doctors at A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) first clinic in Ahmedabad, India met 8-year old Bhupendra, who was born without his right leg below the knee. His parents, who earned a combined daily income of $7, had been desperately attempting to save money for a prosthetic, but over several years had been unsuccessful in saving enough for even one device.


Bhupendra's parents soon learned that ALTSO would provide Bhupendra not only his first prosthetic leg, but also every single prosthesis he would need until his 18th birthday. Their gratitude was comparable only to Bhupendra's own joy. The first thing he did upon being fitted was climb atop the doctor's table and jump back to the ground, fascinated by his new found ability to jump and land on two feet.

Because of supporters like you, over the last decade ALTSO has provided Bhupendra with the 15 prostheses he has needed as his body grew. And because of supporters like you, Bhupendra is halfway to graduating college with a bachelor of science in chemistry, and is determined to get his masters to become a professor of chemistry in his home state of Gujarat, India.

Bhupendra in 2016, age 18
Bhupendra in 2016, age 18
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Location: New York, NY - USA
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Gabriella Mueller
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New York, NY United States

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