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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

 

Hello!

We have good news! I am glad to tell you that Mahavir kmina has already benefited 4.000 people!

That is a lot of people. 4.000 men, women and children who recovered their mobility, self esteem and independence thanks to the prosthetic lower limbs that we offer for free. But we could not do this without the help of so many kind people around the world who want to make a difference. You are one of them, so thank you very much for believing in our cause.

Now, I bring you the story of one of those 4.000 people who have changed their lives with Mahavir Kmina. I mean Sara, an almost quinciañera beautiful girl who was born with a estrange malformation in her left leg. Due to this uncommon condition, Sara is not able to walk properly without the help of an orthosis, which is an external device applied to the body to modify the functional or structural aspects of the neuromusculoskeletal system.

Sara has had to use an orthosis throughout her life, although this has brought her more than one problem, she is such an intelligent, persistent and sweet girl who is determined to fulfill a great dream: to become a television host.

We do not believe that she could make it, we are sure that she will. Just look her pictures, that is what I call a great attitude! Camera loves her! Tell me if I am wrong.

We gave Sara a new orthosis to walk, but Sara gave us inspiration. We are happy to help our children with reduced mobility to live their lives and fulfill their dreams, because that means that we are part of those dreams, just like you. If you like this story, please consider becoming a regular donor to this cause, together we can give more opportunities to start over.

Thank you very much and see you soon.

My best wishes,

 

Julian Martinez
Communications Leader
Mahavir Kmina Corporation

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Before Evony arrived into the world nobody noticed that she would come with a special condition. She was born with twisted hands and deformed feet. A unique phenomenon that took by surprise all family members, all except Julia, her grandmother. She had been thinking about it for months as a palpable possibility because she knew that the mother did not take care of her pregnancy. She smoked incessantly, ate badly, and it was usual to see her come to the house with her eyes bulging and staggering because of the drunkenness.

The mother despised her from the first moment she saw her. Her daughter's appearance seemed to her atrocious, freakish; but it was the skylight of her imagination, through which she could glimpse a future at her side, which produced a vivid terror in her. "Too much responsibility", she must have thought. That morning would be the first and last time she would hold her in his lap.

That was the first of many encounters that Evony will have with rejection, that inquisitive shadow that will breathe in the back of her neck from time to time to remind her that she was born with twisted hands and deformed feet. That is the reality that harasses many children in Colombia because being born here with a special condition is facing the jaws of rejection.

For Julia, the birth of Evony was also a squeeze in her spirit, but one of a different nature from the mother’s. The morning the little girl was born, the grandmother looked at her with the eyes of someone who suddenly finds a little bird with a broken wing. She saw her so helpless, so in need of protection and care, that she felt the irremediable power of love touching the surface of her soul. Her heart was beating so hard that she was sure it was going to come out of her chest. Finally, Julia extended her arms to receive the child from her mother's hands. She raised her since then with unreserved affection.

The malformations brought a series of inconveniences with them. The first of which became evident from the beginning: “she will not be able to walk in these conditions”, said the doctor, “we have to amputate both legs”. As if a bad birth and the rejection of the mother were not enough tragedies. But that's the way things should be. Julia did not hesitate. “Is it what should be done?”, she asked. “Yes, it is what must be done”, the doctor replied, “If the girl wants to walk someday”. “Then cut them off!” she said firmly while a wave of feelings condensed on her eyes.

Six years have passed since then and, despite the absence of her mother, Evony has grown without lack of love. The grandmother, or “Mommy” like the girl calls her, has sought a way to make her happy. She has fought strenuous battles against the henchmen of rejection for this: she has shouted at the children who point at her with their fingers and say, laughing, “there goes the girl with one leg”. She has faced the scathing looks of people who see her as a circus freak. She has begged the girl's mother to visit the house from time to time so that the existence of one is not a nullity in the life of the other. Her most bloody battle, however, was with the Colombian health system.

The Colombian law includes prostheses in the list of medical devices that the State grants at no cost to its citizens ... in theory. In practice, Julia found herself, as many others have done before her, with a reality that drains your strength and sucks your hope like a leech. “Getting Evony a couple of prosthetics was a journey”, she says, “they had me moving from here to there for almost two years to give her the first pair, two years! Can you believe it?” I do, I already have heard many similar cases. When Julia expresses that she had to move from here to there, she means that she is tired of fighting to get her granddaughter what she deserves by right.

Finally, Julia succeeded ... a battle won. Evony walks. She walks for the first time with her first pair of prostheses. "What a joy!", Julia yells from the bottom of her heart.

A battle won from a war that cannot be gained.

"Those who gave her are no longer useful, but the wait takes longer than what they last", Julia complains. That is true, children grow so much in such a short time that for those like Evony there is no expectation that it is worth it, they will wait two years for a prosthesis that will not fit in less than one and then they will have to wait again. "But that's the way things are, there's nothing I can do", the system says with all the cruelty its bureaucracy is capable of. Julia can see it, it appears before her as a hurricane that comes to destroy the foundations of her future. Will she have to fight for all her life?

By the time Evony used her first pair of prosthetics, she was already five years old. During those times she did not think, even for a fraction of a second, of all the legal battles that her "Mommy" had fought for her. It is a subject that belongs exclusively to the world of adults, of which she still understands very little. On the other hand, what she did think with recurrence was in all the things she could do with her new little legs.

She not only thought about them, she made them part of her routine. At school, Evony used to run at break times with other children and, after doing her homework, she used to play soccer on an improvised field in the street in the afternoons. Running after the ball became a regular hobby, but if she was not in the mood for it she also used to enjoy dancing in the living room or playing in the park. Always in motion, in any case.

The prostheses helped her to appease the shadow of rejection. "She's so active that you forget what she has", says Julia; and, to tell the truth, Evony is passionate about sports activities. She executes them with so much effort and with such control of her orthopedic limbs, that it is easy to understand the amazement that she arouses in Julia and the admiration she provokes in her classmates.

A year later, however, the prostheses that Evony obtained by right are already small. She has grown, she has grown a lot, but the State will not give her new ones. If Julia wants happiness for her granddaughter, she will have to adjust her shields again and set out on another battle. At least, that's what she thinks. The idea rounds her thoughts without respite, it drills her head, again and again, stealing her calm. It was like this until that day when Mahavir Kmina appeared in their lives as a great revelation.

Julia was doing some shopping at the supermarket when she happened to hear it. "An institution that donates leg prostheses", said one stranger to another. Julia opens her eyes like a pair of pearls, her body paralyzes and, stupefied, she turns her attention to the dialogue that takes place between them. "I just arrived from Medellin, I left on Sunday morning and look! Here I am with my prosthesis", said the first man. It was Friday and, if his words were true, that organization had done in less than a week what she had fought for years.

"It's not possible", she told herself, but she was wrong.

Then, the man lifts his pants and proudly shows his prosthesis. Julia sees it and feels like a twinge in her chest. What was happening at that moment, she thought, could not be a casual event. No, what lay before his eyes would have to be a revelation of Divine Providence, an elaborate sacred machination that opened a way to save her from the bleak confines of despair.

She approached the men and found out what they knew. From them, she knew that Mahavir Kmina is an institution that has already benefited almost 4,000 people with the prostheses that are manufactured in their production workshop. From them, she also knew, the man had to tell her twice because Julia thought she had heard wrong, that the prostheses that the organization produces are delivered to those who need them at no cost and that it was enough to pick up a phone and make a call to request them.

She called Mahavir Kmina that same afternoon. A kind voice on the other side of the line asked her about the girl. The conversation took no more than five minutes and the voice guaranteed that Evony would receive a pair of prostheses. That easy. At the moment she hung up the phone, Julia already had the feeling that her whole world and that of the little Evony would change forever.

The hardest thing was waiting. When you have the tunnel exit in front of your eyes the most unbearable feeling is not being able to run towards it. But she had to wait. The kind voice told Julia that there was a waiting list of two to three months and asked her to be patient because for everything there is a moment. She repeated herself every morning that if she had waited so long, she could wait a little longer, but in reality, the wait of those days was the most terrible of them all, she bit her nails, walked around the house like a caged lioness and felt that her heart would explode every time she heard the "ring ring" of the phone.

Evony lived, along with that waiting, the throbbing pain of anguish. She used to crawl to the door of the house to see the children playing soccer on the street. She longed for the day when she could run after the ball again, but she had resigned herself to not doing it again. Julia had not told her anything about her own anguish, she did not want to delude the girl with a possibility she still did not hold in her hands.

Then the phone rang.

The kind voice told her what she had been waiting for two eternal months of restlessness. In less than what a rooster sings, they were already on a bus on the way to Medellin. Julia was no longer afraid, she put aside her weapons because she saw in front of her the blessing she sought for what she loved most in the world. Evony would finally have an opportunity to start over.

This is one of many stories that I have had the pleasure of finding in the years that I have been working in Mahavir Kmina. Now, I share it with you so that you understand the impact that this institution creates in the world. For the happiness of Evony and many other children who need a prosthesis to walk again, to play football ... to be happy.

Please consider becomming a recurrent donor to helps us change more lives like Evony’s. You can also share this story with all your friends and family members and follow us on our Facebook page and Youtube channel.

See you soon with another amazing story.

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Gerome is happy with his first prosthetic leg
Gerome is happy with his first prosthetic leg

Gerome is a six months old baby with a special condition. When he was just two months old, he lost his leg due to an act of medical negligence, at least that is what Adiela, the child's mother, affirms. “It has been very difficult for us to adapt to this situation, there is no returning point, my baby will never get back his leg and it hurts me a lot that this happened due to an error of a professional who did not take the proper precautions”, she says.

Even so, Adiela kept a thin thread of hope. A few weeks ago, she called us asking for our support and we, of course, gave it to her. In that moment she confirmed that all was not lost, because Gerome would have the opportunity to walk, as is typical for a child of his age, and later on he could have a completely normal, happy and healthy childhood.

Francisco, one of our technicians, took measurements of Gerome’s stump to make what would be his first prosthesis. That same week, Adiela received a call from us informing her that the prosthetic was ready and she could come with her child to our attention center.

One month later, Adiela has noticed important changes in Gerome’s life. He is already taking his first steps and will soon walk without help. “My baby looks happier and healthier, he does not want me to take off his prosthetic, I think he feels it like part of himself. He is now learning to walk, his record is four steps without help and we (his family) are sure that Gerome will be rehabilitated very soon”, she says.

But Gerome’s story is just beginning. He will need more prosthetics as he grows but, fortunately, Mahavir Kmina and its donors will be there to give him as many as he needsthroughout his life.

We love to share this kind of stories with you because your help is one of the engines that allows us to continue working for the benefit of thousands of children with disabilities. Please consider to become a recurrent donor to helps us change more lives like Gerome’s. You can also share this story with all your friends and family members and follow us in our Facebook page and Youtube channel.

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Darlys proudly wears her new prosthetic
Darlys proudly wears her new prosthetic

When it comes to breaking the ice, few things are as effective as a smile; some of them, which have an honest naturalness, are so powerful that they can soften even the hardest heart. Darlys smile is one of those.

The little girl is one of the 900,000 Venezuelans who have migrated to Colombia in the last 20 years because of the increasingly deplorable political situation of the neighboring country, which makes her part of the largest Exodus ever seen in the northernmost state of South America (2017, March 30. Venezolanos, la migración más grande en la historia del país. EL TIEMPO. Recovered from https://goo.gl/9HVV2h).

"We cannot live in Venezuela anymore, we came here looking for an opportunity to give our children a future," says Deilys, Darlys' mother, when we asked her about the reasons that brought her and her family to Colombia . However, beyond the search for a stable job or a more peaceful environment to live, the primal motive that led them to leave behind Caracas, their home, was Darlys.

Little Darlys, who has already turned eight years old, was born with a strange malformation in her right leg; reason why she had to undergo surgery, when she was two years old, which ended in the partial amputation of her leg.

"There are no drugs in Venezuela, much less prosthetic legs," says Deilys. However, the desire to give Darlys an opportunity to have a normal childhood was not enough reason to leave the country, because prosthetics are very expensive and the girl's family never believed they had the means to give one to the child:

"She has used prosthetics since she was two years old, but our health insurance used to give them to us before the new government; now, with Maduro in the presidency, the Venezuelan health system is in chaos. When the prosthesis that she had began to deteriorate, we became frightened, we had no idea what we were going to do, that's when we heard about Mahavir Kmina, "says Deilys.

With great difficulties, international calls are restricted in Venezuela, Darlys' family was able to get in touch with the Mahavir Kmina Corporation, a non-profit organization that manufactures prosthetic legs and provides them free of charge to anyone who needs them, and whose facilities are located in Medellin, Colombia. It was then that Deilys discovered that all was not lost.

As soon as it was confirmed that the sweet little Darlys would be benefited by Mahavir Kmina, Deilys and her husband did not think twice and began preparations to leave behind the world they knew. The family arrived shortly afterwards to Medellin and settled down in Villanueva, one of the busiest neighborhoods of the active and noisy downtown. However, the plans were not as they imagined and the lack of opportunities forced Darlys' father to leave his family and travel to Barranquilla, where he got a job as a farm keeper.

For Deilys, the situation has not been very different. "I worked as a manicurist in Caracas; We've been here for two months now and I have not been able to find a job opportunity”, she says. Also, now that her husband is absent, the entire responsibility for raising her children falls entirely on her.

At least, now she has one less reason to worry, because thanks to Mahavir Kmina, Darlys not only got a prosthesis that will replace her leg, she also gained an opportunity to have a more autonomous and happy childhood. "I am very grateful to the Corporation and its benefactors because they have given my daughter the opportunity to be a special girl with a normal life", she says with great joy.

For her part, Darlys is happy to be able to return to school, she is already in her third year of elementary school, and to play soccer again, her favorite sport. When we ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she replied: "I want to be a doctor, to help others as this institution has helped me."

Like Darlys, the Mahavir Kmina Corporation has given more than 3,500 people an opportunity to regain their mobility, self-esteem and independence. This work, however, would not be possible without the support of all our benefactors and, therefore, we are deeply grateful.

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Mahavir Kmina continues its work for the benefit of amputees of lower limbs in Colombia and Latin America. We have benefited now more than 3.500 human beings with completely free leg prostheses.

Jesus is a very special one among them. The six year old kid is a native of the beautiful San Juan de Urabá, a small port city on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. One morning, when the boy was only a year old, Jesus crawled out of the farm where he lives with his family. Without noticing his presence, a man cut the lawn of the grounds around the house with a scythe. That's when one of the blades of the device crossed with the right leg of the baby, amputating it in the blink of an eye.

The boy has no memories of the tragic accident; for him, the possibility of walking is a diffuse and improbable dream. Or it was before knowing Mahavir Kmina, because the Corporation has donated him a free prosthetic with which he will walk for the first time in his life.

Now that he learned how to walk, the next step for him is to learn how to be a coastal child. “We live near the sea, but we rarely go to the coast, Jesus gets really sad when he sees other children running and playing in the low waters of the ocean, but we are very grateful to Mahavir Kmina and his donors, because now he can live the joy of every coastal child”, said Yolanda, his mother, before leaving our facilities.

In addition, Jesus has just started his school years and has already learned the route he must take on foot, day by day, to learn and shape his future. "The other children see him with curiosity and ask him many questions, but his interaction with Jesus is very important because they become sensitive to these diverse reality from an early age and learn to respect it as a valuable life experience”, expressed Gloria, his teacher.

The prosthesis Jesus is using today will be short in some months, but Mahavir Kmina will be present to donate him a new one. With your support, this amazing kid has a dignified and happy life. But if we want to continue changing lives of more amputee children in Colombia, we must work much more. Therefore, please consider the possibility of being a recurring donor to our cause and contribute even more to improve the lives of children with the same condition of Jesus.

I hope you enjoyed this story, you can find more information about us and our impact at www.mahavir-kmina.org or at FacebookInstagram and Youtube. You can also send a message to subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.

Thank you for your amazing support and I wish you good luck.

Jesus came to receive his first prosthetic leg.
Jesus came to receive his first prosthetic leg.
With the prosthesis, he started his school years.
With the prosthesis, he started his school years.

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