I have taken children to hospitals in Uganda many times. I am sad to say that often the story does not end well. However, sometimes the story is different. Sometimes the outcome is good!
A few weeks ago I had the honour of being part of a good story. Ayesha is a 12 year old girl from Banda slum. She is a beautiful, quiet and gentle spirited girl who is known by everyone in the community.
At the age of 2 she was involved in an accident with a Boda Boda motorcycle. She was injured so severely that her leg was amputated just above the knee. She had lived since then with the use of only one leg and had amazingly adapted to this life. We would often see her running at fast speeds around the slum on one leg and a crutch.
This is a common story here in Uganda. If you lose the use of a limb, you adapt. There is no option to spend lots of money on therapy or false limbs, you just need to cope. This was the case for Ayesha. She was coping, and coping well.
However, at Revelation Life we believe that our creator God intended us to fully live and not simply survive. We believe that He wants the best for Ayesha and He wants her to know His goodness extravagantly and without limit.
With this in mind we decided to take her to a local hospital that specialises in amputations and fitting prosthetic limbs. Within two weeks of her initial assessment we were bringing her home walking on two legs without a crutch!! At the cost of approximately £250 we were able to see a 12 year old girl able to walk for the first time since she was two years old!
As we were walking through the slum back to her home a lot of people started gathering and welcoming her home. Some people even started applauding her and thanking us for our help. It was amazing to see the community come together and celebrate. So often when we walk through the slum with lots of people following it is overwhelmingly sad because it marks the death of a child. This time, it was different. This time it was a celebration! It is so good to know that we have actually made a practical difference in someone’s life! It was a very special moment full of joy and honour.