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.
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.
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.
The first few months of 2015 have been great ones here at ALTSO – thanks to generous donors like you! We have now treated 28 children through our project!
But, our work is far from done. ALTSO received requests to treat nearly 3,000 children in 2015. Children like Iqra of Pakistan.
At the age of 9, Iqra's right leg was caught in a thrasher machine, severing the limb at the knee. She lost her ability to walk independantly, take care of herself on a day-to-day basis and attend school.
Iqra lives in rural Pakistan with her parents and five siblings. Her father earns only $1 USD a day, making it impossible for her family to ever afford the approriate prosthetic limb or physiotherapy that she needs to regain her mobility.
But, through your generosity, ALTSO was able to provide Iqra a prosthetic limb and phisyotherapy. She now attends school again and aspires to become a doctor. We have committed to continual treatment for Iqra as she grows and needs new devices until the age of 18. We invite you to join us in keeping that commitment to not only provide mobility to Iqra, but to continue to fuel her dreams!
Today, December 3rd, is International Day of People With Disabilities - a very important day to us here at A Leg To Stand On. Every one of our patients is a person with a disability, and it's our mission to see that they not only receive the prosthetic limb, orthotic device, mobility aid or corrective surgery that they need, but to help them gain the opportunities that mobility grants them.
Refan is a four-year-old boy from Indonesia who loves going to school, dancing and playing bongos, and aspires to be an airplane pilot. At first glance, he's like any other four-year-old boy. But without intervention from ALTSO three years ago when Refan lost his leg in a motorbike accident, he wouldn't be able to do any of these things.
Join us this month to promote inclusion and health for people with disabilities all over the world - including ALTSO's children in Asia!
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