Adhira is seven years old and part of our child amputee project in India. When Adhira was a year and a half old she travelled home on an auto rickshaw with her aunt. All of a sudden, a driver lost control over his lorry and it crashed into the rickshaw. Adhira’s foot got stuck under the lorry and it was hurt so badly that it had to be amputated. Medical staff at the hospital offered Adhira an artificial foot but it was too heavy for the young girl and she could not wear it.
Adhira’s parents are very poor and were unable to pay for the medical care that their daughter needed. Her father is the sole income earner and he makes about 500 rupees a week from fishing – approximately £5.50. Because of her family’s impoverished situation, Adhira was unable to get a better quality prosthetic limb, and as a result, she has not walked since the day of the accident.
Luckily, her parents heard about ELoH’s India project and enrolled Adhira in it. Today, she has finally received a limb and, for the first time in five years, she is walking. Adhira is so happy about her new limb and her parents are looking forward to the ongoing support that their daughter will benefit from, including physiotherapy and emotional care.