“It has been very hard for her. But if she can go to school again, walk to school, then we will all feel happy.” – Mother of eleven year old Victoria
When Victoria was little she went to stay with her grandma in a small village while her parents remained in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, to work and provide for the family. One day, when Victoria was playing hide and seek in an abandoned house, a wall collapsed on top of her. She doesn’t remember the traumatic accident, but the falling wall trapped her and broke her leg in several places.
Scared, her grandmother took her to a traditional healer, who was unable to treat Victoria’s complicated fractures. By the time Victoria got professional medical attention, her wound had become very badly infected and she needed to have her leg amputated in order to save her life.
Today, her mother provides for Victoria and her siblings by cooking food and selling it on the side of the road. The money earned is not enough to sustain her children in school and Victoria has been in and out of education frequently. Both Victoria and her family are very happy that she will be part of ELoH’s project in Liberia and the prospect of Victoria receiving a prosthetic leg and being able to return to school – to walk to school – got everyone very excited!