(http://3 NULL.bp NULL.blogspot NULL.com/--LVGHe4gSAU/Tn-SyGKgPPI/AAAAAAAAB2Q/Bookwlsvgp0/s1600/sopheap-leg1 NULL.jpg)Sopheap is a 44 year old grandmother living in a very basic house with just one room, and two outside walls. The other two walls are tarps. The wind and rain belted down for about 20 minutes while we were visiting, which was an experience in itself. Such limited shelter in those conditions. She has diabetes, a common condition in Cambodia, and as a result had her leg amputated last year. By the time Sopheap was referred to us, she was very weak and did not have enough strength to move around, or stand on one leg. She was not suitable to be fitted with a prosthesis until she had enough strength.
(http://2 NULL.bp NULL.blogspot NULL.com/-jrlfx2nyjOE/Tn-SztB6ogI/AAAAAAAAB2U/1vCOFite6pA/s1600/sopheap-leg2 NULL.jpg)Sokny worked with Sopheap and she practiced her exercises regularly at home, developing her strength. This month, we took her to Veteran’s International (VI) who assessed her and cast her for a prosthesis. Last week she was fitted with it. We followed her up at home yesterday to assess her progress and work on gait re-training. She has only had one fitting, and will need some adaptions made at her next VI appointment, but she is already doing extremely well!! She is very happy, saying she is now able to move around the village and visit her friends. She is looking forward to learning how to walk without the crutches. Great work Sopheap!! Joanna Thomson. Rose Cambodia Rehab Centre (http://rosecambodia NULL.org/).