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

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

This time, we would like to share the story of Dylan with you. This sweet 7 years old boy has been around for a couple years.

He first came to Mahavir Kmina’s facilities in 2017 and he were coming back since then. Due to his unstoppable growth, he needs to change his prosthetic time to time, so the Corporation has given three to him already.

Dylan was born with a rare condition in which one or both legs do not develop properly. For that reason, he has to suffer a complete amputation of one of his low limbs when he was just a baby. Fortunately, Mahavir Kmina has given its unconditional support to contribute to his health and happiness.

Dylan enjoys playing soccer, a sport that practices in the afternoons after school. “He is so energetic and enthusiast about that. When he runs after a soccer ball, we all forget his is not like the other kids”, said his mon. We are sure that, with the right accompaniment, Dylan will continue growing as the great kid he is.

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 Dylan an opportunity to start over.

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María José is five years old, she came to Mahavir Kmina from Garzón, Huila with her mother. She was born with tibial hemimelia, a strange congenital malformation in her right leg that prevented the normal development of its functions. For this reason, the medical team that took care of her birth amputated her deformed leg with the expectation that, one day, it would be possible for her to learn to walk with the help of an orthopedic device.

Five years later, María José visits Mahavir Kmina with her mother hoping to obtain one of our prostheses. It would not be the first one she would use, she had already obtained more than one through the Colombian health system, but the constant legal obstacles that she and her mother had to face to receive them ended up breaking their perseverance. They have come to the Corporation with the expectation of receiving a more agile, efficient and, above all, human service. Mahavir Kmina has not turned its back on them and the sweet little girl is walking again today.

“For a long time, I was looking for an institution that could help us, we do not have the resources to buy a prosthesis and request it through the EPS (Health Provider) has become a martyrdom for our family,” says the mother of the girl. "Thanks to Mahavir Kmina and all the people who contribute to this beautiful cause, I hope that my daughter will return to school and be the cheerful girl I know," she adds.

On the other hand, María José receives her new prosthesis with great enthusiasm, because it means that she will do all those things that she likes so much. “I like to ride a bike, play in the park, jump, swim,” she says, “and study too,” complements her mother, "yes, yes ... study too," she says with a huge smile.

“Before coming, I didn't believe that this was going to be true, but when I arrived I felt in a fairy tale,” says María José's mother. “The attention has been incredible, the work team is excellent and some of them are people who are in the same situation as my daughter, so they understand what our family has had to go through. Now I attest that Mahavir Kmina is the best thing that can happen to people who have lost a leg and their families, with their help, María José has walked again and we have both dreamed again. ”

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 María José an opportunity to start over.

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Mahavir Kmina remains committed to people who have lost one or both legs through the manufacturing and free delivery of their prosthetics. This time I bring you George’s story, a twelve-year-old boy who struggles between life and death.

The young man began to feel a strange pain in one knee one morning, so his family took him to the doctor. “That's just an inflammation in the tendons, there’s nothing to worry about”, he said. A month later, however, the pain had intensified and George’s knee felt warm to touch. His family took him back to the hospital, where he underwent an X-ray in which nothing unusual was identified. Despite this, the symptoms generated suspicion in the medical team, which decided to send him to another hospital in Turbo, 289,5 miles away, for a more thorough examination.

After a more detailed analysis, the truth about George's condition was revealed: he suffers from a very aggressive osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The boy was referred to a hospital in Medellin, in August 2018, to be checked by an oncologist, who took a biopsy. Days later, the test result indicated that George should receive chemotherapy immediately.

Unfortunately, George's cancer was not discovered until its development was very advanced. By November 2018, the chemical therapy had no effect and the cancer already compromised some ligaments. The disease would not subside, if the young man wanted to have any chance of survival, the only option he still had was losing his leg.

George's leg was amputated on December 18, 2018. "The boy felt very bad the day the surgery happened, but he has shown a mental strength that is unusual in such young people and has taken his situation with great positivism", told me a representative of Funicáncer, a foundation that supports cancer victims in Colombia.

The young man and his mother came to Mahavir Kmina two weeks ago. “I’m so happy!”, he said, “I can go back to school and play with my friends”. George's battle against cancer is not over yet, but thanks to the support of our benefactors, this survivor has received a prosthesis with which he can cope with his illness with the hope of starting over.

Thank you very much for helping us transforming the lives of children in situations of disability. If you liked George’s story, please consider becoming a recurring donor to Mahavir Kmina’s cause. Together, we have the way to change more lives for good.

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Location: La Estrella, Antioquia - Colombia
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