A limb for Lizzy

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Lizzy Chinonye Okpara is 25 years old. She was on her to work at Expression Weave-on Factory on June 13th, 2016 when she was hit by a car. She was initially taken to the hospital by those at the scene where she was treated. The doctors recommended that a rod implant in her leg to stabilize the fractured bone and enable it to heal. But her parents could not afford the cost of the surgery so they chose the seemingly cheaper option. They took her to the Traditional Bone Setter (TBS). By the time, the TBS realized the treatment required was beyond his skills, it was too late. The fracture had been mismanaged. Lizzy was taken back to the hospital where the leg had to be amputated. The huge cost was that most of the leg had to go leaving Lizzy with a very small stump.

Lizzy’s story is another clear case of mismanagement of a limb fracture resulting in an amputation that could have been avoided. This situation highlights the urgent need for awareness creation. Her leg could have been saved if her parents were aware of the consequences of mismanaged fracture.

With your support, Lizzy will get the prosthetic limb she needs to ensure that she can live life without limits despite her amputation. With your support, we will continue to campaign for proper management of fractures by skilled personnel.