Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia

by Mahavir Kmina Artificial Limb Center
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia
Julieta
Julieta

"No language can express the power, beauty, heroism, and love of a mother." H, Edwin.

Yes, that is how it is! As Edwin H. Chapin says, the heroism of a mother is unique, and Tania, Julieta's mom, a 7-year-old girl, has been in charge of proving it from the moment she found out that she was pregnant.

Mothers have the strength to protect their children, and there is no greater happiness than knowing, during ultrasounds, that everything will be fine. When Tania was five months pregnant, in November 2013, the doctor informed her that one of her daughter's lower limbs was not developing. Another perinatologist said that the girl would not be able to sit up. "At that moment, I felt very lonely, I had no support, and I kept asking myself, why me, why me?" Tania said. It was difficult news to assimilate for her. "Someone very close to me suggested an abortion because, according to her, the girl was going to be very dependent on me."

Tania develops strength. She knew it would not be easy. She decided to take her situation with a positive attitude, although in those days, due to so many opinions, about what they suggested was better, she says that "I was stunned."

Julieta was born in March 2014, and during the first hours, the doctors took care of making sure that the baby was well. After examining her and determining if her state of health was optimal, Tania was finally able to hold her in her arms, “I wasn't able to stop crying when I looked at her. Julieta also looked at me as if wondering, what is wrong with you? Why are you crying? I realized that I had no reason to cry."

Her father came to meet the newborn baby, he held her in his arms, and they spent a whole day together. It was the only day that Julieta spent time with her father. “The girl wants to meet him. I told her that I do not know where he is. And that when she is older, she can try to look for him. She has seen him in some photos on Facebook, but we no longer find him through this medium. It has been difficult to contact him.”

From her first year, Tania began the long process of learning about her daughter's condition and finding the best alternative to enable her to walk and be independent. Visits to the doctor and X-rays became routine. As well as consultations with specialists from different cities, who had different opinions and suggestions. A doctor in Bucaramanga proposed that the best thing was to perform a surgical procedure. A specialist in Bogotá said that it was most likely that the girl would not walk. Another one suggested making a fictitious hip. A doctor in Tampa, United States, which they communicated through emails, determined that Julieta was not a candidate for the treatment that he thought. He offered the option of amputating her leg and providing her with a prosthesis. Finally, she received the opinion of a doctor in Medellín, who proposed to do a rotation plasty. After listening to lots of recommendations, she decided that she would not amputate her limb, as Tania prefers Julieta to be the one who makes the decision that considers best for her when she grows up.

Learning how to walk always represents a challenge in childhood. In Julieta's case, she had a greater degree of difficulty. Due to her condition, and even though she has suffered fractures in her left wrist and her small femur, she has never given up. On the contrary, she learned to get up from the falls with courage and the best attitude to keep going.

In 2016, Julieta received her first prosthesis from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). They are present in zones of armed conflict in Bucaramanga. This adaptation process meant a great challenge, while Julieta was taking her first steps. Quickly, her prosthesis was too small for her, so the Red Cross awarded her with a second one.

Tania has always been interested in research and looking for other options, which could be good for her daughter. On Facebook, she joined support groups where she met mothers who share similar experiences.

“I found out about Mahavir Kmina when one of the moms in the support group adopted a girl from India. She had an excellent-quality prosthesis that she got at the BMVSS. She told me about the technology of the Jaipur foot. So I decided to google them and found that the Corporation is in Medellín, Colombia.” Tania contacted Mahavir Kmina and anxiously awaited the date of her little girl's date. In October 2018, Julieta arrived at the Corporation with her mother.

Julieta has a family that loves and supports her in every process. She always reminds her of how valuable she is to her. Tania has encouraged the family to request favors from the girl because she says that in this way, she will learn to face different situations and show that she can too. "I always insist that it is important to think I love myself, I accept myself, and I approve of myself. Self-esteem is important in the development of children when growing up," Tania expressed. Even though the little girl has suffered teasing and inappropriate comments from outsiders.

Her confidence needs reinforcement. It will help her to cope with difficult times and allow her to socialize easily. “When she has her prosthesis on, she feels happy. She sometimes gets tired and uses the crutches, and then she puts the prosthesis on again. She loves her leg and her prosthesis."

“Although I am her reference, there are other social circles, and it is important to socialize and share with others. In Mahavir Kmina, she has a space that opens up a possibility for her to speak and express herself.”

Tania has also discovered a great interest in Julieta for art and ecology “she is happy collecting flowers and stones. She does not want to throw anything away. She fills my house with things she has found saying that we have to recycle and the importance of taking care of the environment.”

Since she was four years old, to date, Julieta has received two prostheses from Mahavir Kmina. She has also attended two appointments to make some adjustments, receiving support from the entire Corporation team, to fulfill all the dreams that, since now, she has started to build.

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For everyone, Christmas is a time of happiness and sharing with loved ones. It was Christmas and Yudi was celebrating with her 8 months old baby. They were smiling with traditional music and carols. That Monday, on Christmas Eve in 2018, between laughter, gifts, hugs, and food, no one imagined how this family’s life would change in just a week.

Who knew that New Year’s Eve parties might surprise them with a daunting event!

Just a few days after the family Christmas celebration, New Year’s Eve came with devastating news. That day Amelia was diagnosed with pneumonia. Her situation became complicated, and during her critical condition and with some organs compromised, she had to be sedated.

Doctors detected complications in one of Amelia’s legs. A week later, her leg did not improve, as a widespread bacterial infection affected one of her lower limbs. The apparent solution was the amputation at the ankle. Yudi relied on medical opinion, although it was not an easy decision, she accepted the surgery with optimism and hoping the best for her baby.

January 8, 2019, was the day of her surgery, and as expected, it was the best decision, as Amelia’s medical situation improved. She was able to get out of intensive care to special care.

It was only a few days after the first surgery, and Amelia was going through the second one, due to necrosis.

This time the recovery was much easier, faster, and more encouraging because it did not take long for her to start crawling everywhere at home, demonstrating from that moment her desire to be independent to move.

Amelia was a year old, and her stump was so inflamed that she could not flex her knee. She began to be attended by the physiotherapy recommended by the medical team, and little by little, she was managing to move her knee. This good news came with a better outlook: the solution to take her first steps.

She was lucky, one of the doctors in charge of her process at the hospital, is also the technical director of the Corporation. He gave her the prosthesis that could adapt better to the little girl, due to its characteristics: light, resistant, and personalized. Yudi could not believe it, and without thinking, she only said, "I will go wherever, whenever and however I have to go... Thank God, thank God!" It seemed like a miracle to her.

Then it was her appointment day in Mahavir Kmina. She would become one of the 180 youngest beneficiaries. Her parent's smiles said more than words could say. They had a lot of expectations, and without knowing much about the subject they wondered "how could she walk with that heavy prosthesis?", Nevertheless, she did not take long to stand up with balance and take her first steps.

One year later, the little girl had her second appointment at the Corporation, because she had grown so much, and her prosthesis was too small for her. She needed a new one. This time, her prosthesis had a special meaning. Amelia resisted more weight, and her foot was no longer made of foam. This time, she received a rubber foot that would look more like the real and, it also had a personalized design.

As she returned home, her family, friends, and neighbors were surprised to see the similarity between both feet, saying “how beautiful! It looks like the real. Now her shoes look perfect."

Amelia has shown that limits are in mind only, and for her, they do not exist. Despite her young age, she always wants to have her prosthesis on, and after taking a shower in the morning, she tries to put it on immediately to go outside. After seeing her abilities, Amelia's parents plan to give her the first bike. The little girl has become a great example for her entire family and, teaches them a lot every day. Now, when someone complains, they immediately say, "I am complaining about that nonsense, and look at Amelia, she can do anything."

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Angela
Angela

Traffic accidents and cardiovascular disease account for 80% of the amputations that we attend in Mahavir Kmina. An alarming figure that leads us to stories like Angela’.

On October 23, 2016, at 6:47 AM, Angela’s life changed forever. “I will never forget it,” she said to me. “I was driving my motorbike and my sister was with me. We were going to do a diligence Then I saw a car at the distance coming towards us at high speed. I didn’t have time to react.” The vehicle knock against them head-on and both were shot in the air.

Days later, Angela woke up in the hospital room. “At that moment I didn’t know what had happened to me,” she said, but then images were coming to her memory about the accident. “My sister!” she thought. “What happened to my sister?” Her sister got several broken bones and some scratches. However, Angela had lost a leg.

She bravely assumed it. “Since the first moment, I made the decision not to let this overthrow me. Because despite everything, we survived." Ninety long days and multiple visits to the operating room were not enough to break her spirit. “I didn’t know I was that strong,” she said proudly. “Everything I thought was important before the accident didn’t seem to have the same value. I found out that my priorities were already others.”

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Many thanks to all the donors that are contributing to our project “Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia” of the Mahavir Kmina Corporation.

 

This time, we want to share the story of Johennys. A miracle of life.

 

Johennys was only ten months old, she was sleeping pleasantly under her mother’s arms when the bus lost its brakes and it fell off the cliff on a tight curve. ‘We were spinning in the air, and the only thought I had was my baby in my arms, so I held her tightly”. Said Kelly. The bus rolled up to a wooded area, where trees made it stop.

 

When everything was calm, Kelly wasn’t feeling any pain because of the adrenaline, so she couldn’t think about her injuries until she checked all the girl’s body. Whilst checking Johennys, she found that one of her legs wasn’t there.

 

The accident happened close to town, where she managed to arrive by herself with the baby to the hospital. ‘Such a serious injury on a baby can be deadly. If she didn’t bleed to death it is because the cut wasn’t produced with a sharp object and the wound was sealed immediately after it occurred”, explained the doctor to Kelly. There a medical team realized the first of three reconstructive surgeries on the stump.

 

Today, Johennys is three years old and she has never feel unmotivated about it. “I haven’t met another girl as happy as she is. Her happiness gives me the strength to move on. She learned how to walk with a walker and afterward with a prosthesis donated by the Red Cross. At the Kinder garden, she showed her prosthesis proudly to the other kids, and she never felt upset. They appreciated her positive attitude. Nobody has taught me the meaning of happiness and perseverance as her”.

 

Kelly, her husband, and the baby, like many others, scaped of the social reality in Venezuela. Now they are living in Colombia looking for a promising future to Johennys.

 

When the first prosthesis started to be small for her, Kelly searched online and she found Mahavir Kmina. This is how Johennys was going to become a beneficiary of the institution that has already given free prosthesis to more than 4500 people in the continent.

 

Kelly can be sure that her baby will continue being a beneficiary of this institution, as long as she needs it because in Mahavir Kmina didn’t receive just a prosthesis, she also got an opportunity to start over.    

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Hello dear donor, this is a new report of the project “Give prosthetics to low limbs amputees in Colombia” of the Mahavir Kmina Corporation.

But first of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support we received from you in 2019 and to wish you a happy and prosperous 2020 from the entire Mahavir Kmina team.

Our efforts are paying off: several ongoing research projects, expansion of our technological offer, new opportunities for cooperation and, most importantly, more than 4,500 people who have walked again thanks to the prostheses we have donated together.

On this occasion, I want to share with you a story about one of the most adorable girls that Mahavir Kmina has supported. We are talking about Saira, a two years old little girl who was born with a strange deformity in one of her legs.

Saira's left leg has a notable shortening, so she could never have walked if it were not for the prosthesis that the Corporation made especially for her.

Saira smiled when she saw her prosthetic leg for the first time, she loved the faces of kittens that are printed on her. However, the little girl felt very bad when we attached it to her, a foreign object attached to the body may be something to worry about. She cried and tried to take it off, but Mom's super powers managed to reassure her.

Another change of mood occurred later, when Saira did not even seem to remember her new prosthesis. Her mother began to encourage her to walk, but Saira was just crawling up to her. Then, Mom lifted her by taking her from her hands, put her on her feet and then released her. Saira fell, but mom tried again. Saira fell again. Mom did not give up. After several attempts, Saira managed to stand for something like three seconds.

After a while, the baby was already taking a few steps, just a couple of them before falling, but it was a good start. Each time, Mom and Mahavir Kmina's team encouraged her, to which Saira responded with a big smile, she knew she was doing something very good.

Saira will return to the Corporation soon. Being so small, her prosthesis will be small pretty quickly. Luckily, Mahavir Kmina will always have its doors open for her.

This history of overcoming has been possible thanks to the support you give us with your contributions to our cause. Mahavir Kmina provides prostheses at no cost to anyone who needs them to walk again. Today, we face the complicated situation of helping more than 600 people who are waiting to receive theirs, so we invite you to consider becoming a recurring donor of our cause through Globalgivin’s platform.

Together, we can give more children like Saira an opportunity to start over.

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