Throughout August the Kumi Community Foundation will be raising awareness about prosthetic limbs and how they improve the lives of adults and children with amputated or deformed limbs.
Loosing a limb is traumatic both psychologically and physically and especially for people in Uganda where prosthetics are not routinely available.
Limb loss can be as a result of accidents, snake bites, untreated infection and diabetes.
By donating to the charity you can enable the Kumi Community Foundation to help people walk again.
Miriam lost her leg when she suffered gun shot wounds during the Lord’s Resistance Army’s rebel activities. These wounds became infected and it became necessary for her to have her leg amputated above the knee. She had been attending school where she managed to pass her Primary School Leaving Exams followed by secondary school but then her hopes of completing her education were shattered following her surgery.
During our outreach fieldwork, we came across Miriam and asked her if she had ever had an artificial limb which she had not and would she like to be given one. Of course, she was happy and we arranged for her to visit Kumi Hospital where she would be seen by the Orthopaedic Workshop team who took her measurements. By the next morning, her prosthesis was made and ready for fitting and she was given walking training from the physiotherapist. Forwards, backwards, sideways; she managed well and so she was discharged with a pair of crutches to use until she was confident without.
We had funding for a prosthesis from a UK donor and so, before leaving the hospital, she sat down to write a thank you letter and to tell the donor that she would be able to continue with her education. She was grateful for the support which completely changed her life.
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Kumi Community Foundation, helping people to walk again !!!