Man Kumari and her husband Bishnu
A remarkable young woman
Man Kumari could be living a tragedy without the difference a wheelchair makes.
Now 21 years old, Man Kumari was married to Bishnu at 15 and has a four year-old daughter.
A couple of years ago she was out, with other women from her village, collecting clay to daub the walls of their houses. The clay bank on which they were working collapsed and Man Kumari's back was severely damaged. She spent two-and-half weeks in a local hospital for which Bishnu had to borrow 175,000 Nepali Rupees. That's about £1,200 and a huge amount for a village family.
Man Kumari had completely lost her independence and Bishnu had to do everything for her including all her personal care.
Fortunately, INF staff were able to send them to the Shining Hospital Surkhet. Over a period of two months, Man Kumari received physiotherapy and rehabilitation. The couple received counselling and advice about living with their new circumstances.
Knowing the difference a wheelchair makes to the life of a disabled person in Nepal, INF gave Man Kumari her own wheelchair. Ramps were built at the couple's home to connect the house to the toilet and give access to the village community. With adjustments inside the house, Man Kumari is now able to cook and bathe herself and wash clothes. Her independence has returned.
Despite her limited mobility Man Kumari was determined to do what she could to improve the family's income and help pay off the debt they now had. She decided to take a course in mushroom growing and her little business is now flourishing.
What is the difference a wheelchair makes?
The wheelchair has not simply given Man Kumari mobility, but also a sense of purpose and drive. She says that getting the wheelchair was “the best that’s happened to me recently”.
We have patients waiting for wheelchairs
Kamala needs a wheelchair.
Kamala and her husband were working in India when Kamala fell from a roof on a building site. She didn’t receive any compensation from the construction company, so the couple had to sell their home to pay the hospital bills and bring her back to Nepal. Kamala came to us last November and is being cared for by her elder sister. Her husband and children are living with her parents. For Kamala, leaving hospital with a wheelchair would mean being able to find work to support her family.
Buddhi needs a wheelchair
Buddhi was mistaken for someone else, hit over the head and pushed from a great height. He has been receiving treatment at Green Pastures for four months. Buddhi has four children and worries about their education. He hopes to open a small grocery shop when he leaves hospital, so that he can provide for his family and give his children a good education.