Pakistan: After a COVID-19 induced prolonged delay in obtaining a new prosthetic limb for the youngest survivor of the Quetta Bomb attack, this month BACA were able to remove the discomfort and pain Aleeza (4 yrs) suffered from an undersized prosthetic.
Aleeza was almost killed at the tender age of 1.5 yrs when shrapnel from the Quetta bomb attack in 2018 ripped through her leg and bowel. Only very expensive treatment at Aga Khan hospital and God's hand of protection saved Aleeza from a painful death.
Initial treatment at a government hospital left the wound intact and gangrenous and Shamim Bibi (48 yrs) mother of Aleeza prayed day and night for a breakthrough for help and support in saving her daughter's life, when she realised the exorbitant cost at the only private hospital with the expertise was beyond her.
British Asian Christian Association, who were already providing support however, intervened and came to the rescue of the family and quickly transported the family to Karachi for treatment.
Aleeza's bowel was restored through an intensive surgical process but her left leg could not be saved, traumatised family members and staff of BACA were broken with disappointment, but we all resolved to ensure that Aleeza would not miss out on a full life despite her lost limb.
Thanks to the gracious gifts of a number of donors over the years we have been able to continue to serve Aleeza. BACA have ensured that Aleeza has had regular replacement limbs to prevent pain and discomfort while also maximizing her mobility.
During the latest trip Shamim travelled with Aleeza and her sister Eisha from Quetta to Karachi for an appointment with orthopaedic surgeon Dr Asif Waris, to ascertain measurements for a new prosthetic limb. Three days later the new limb was placed on Aleeza and all is well.
Not only is the new prosthetic limb a perfect fit but Aleeza has already used it to dance at a wedding.
Our operations managers, said: "We have been providing regular counselling sessions to Aleeza since the trauma of the blast.
"Aleeza is now developing well and shows no sign of depression and seems to be emotionally and physically stable.
"Her memories of the attack sometimes cause a little anxiety but spiritually she holds a strong testimony and she is ever-aware of how God has blessed her with life.
"We will continue to play a part in her development for as long as our donors continue their support."
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