Little Gita from Ramechhap district in east Nepal lost both her legs to severe burns. She has five brothers and two sisters and her parents are subsistence farmers. In the villages, the kitchen is an open fire “chulo” (mud stove) in a corner of a room. Children can fall into these open fires when the parents are away farming. Post-burn contractures are the fifth most common category of diseases that HRDC treats. On her lucky days, one of her brothers would carry Gita to school. More often she just stayed around at home and shuffled around on her home-made three-wheeler skateboard. Her world was only as wide as this vehicle would take her - until HRDC found her! At HRDC she underwent some surgeries to revise her leg stumps.
Our very own workshop made her new legs and she started to walk for the first time in her life!! HRDC’s workshop has manufactured more than 80,000 orthosis and prosthesis since 1985. These low-cost artificial limbs and appliances have a life-changing impact on children like Gita. Enabling them to stand restores their confidence and dignity and confers hope and happiness to the entire family. Now Gita walks to school herself, on her new legs, alongside her siblings and friends, her skateboard a distant memory of a life transformed by HRDC!