There are some cases that leave a stronger mark than others and six-year-old Valentine’s is one of them.
Valentine was born in India with no arms or legs. When he was only 15 days old he was thrown on a rubbish heap, probably by his parents who could not envisage a future for a child born without arms or legs. His life could have ended in the most cruel way – but it didn’t. Jacques (on the picture below) found him, brought him home and raised him as his own.
His generosity saved Valentine’s life, but because of his own poverty he was unable to pay for the prosthetics Valentine needed. As a result the boy was immobile for the first six years of his life.
But one day, Jacques heard of ELoH’s new project in Andhra Pradesh. He brought Valentine to our limb centre and he was enrolled in our project. Two months later he received his first ever prosthetic legs.
Valentine was full of joy, but he had to be patient so he could learn to walk on his new legs. He had to gradually build up his use starting with half an hour per day. On the picture above you can see how he, unaidedly, worked himself along the rail, taking little steps as he held on with his little stumps of arms – a fantastic experience for this little boy!
Valentine is really happy and has now started to get used to his new legs and is walking better and better. Thanks everyone who made this possible!