A Second Chance

Being struck by a train in Uganda usually means death but, thanks to the Families in Crisis fund, a little boy was given a second chance.

On the 22nd of December 2021, at around 12pm, Angel and his 8-year-old brother, Elvis decided to go near the railway lines to see how the train moves. Out of curiosity, the two boys thought they could try touching one of the train wagons since the train was moving slowly. Unfortunately, the vibrations caused by passing train made Angel lose his balance, and he fell onto the railway. The wheels cut his right leg, leaving the limb severely injured. Luckily, a passerby at the scene rushed him to the nearby hospital for treatment. Still, due to the severity of the injury, he was referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital, where his leg was amputated.

Because of the loss of his limb, Angel became angry and bitter about himself. Feelings of self-pity and loss plagued him for months while he came to terms with his loss of independence. He was worried about relying on other people to help him with his activities of daily living. To recover and adapt well to the new situation, several health workers from rehabilitation institutions took him through a series of counselling and emotional support sessions. That empowered him to rebuild his independence.

On 13th May, he was taken for further assessment, and an order was placed for his prosthetic limb which gave Angel a chance to live a normal life again.

He later got sponsorship for his studies. He is now happy and living a full life. He said, in his own words, "Thank you my dear friends for loving me and taking note of my plight. I never thought I would walk again after the accident. I am happy that I can now walk with ease and am at school enjoying my lessons. Thanks to my sponsors too".

What you can do:
Due to poverty the family could not support the child's medical bills during this crisis. Unfortunately, this is the case for many families in crisis worldwide.
Whenever a crisis strikes International Needs is there to help provide much-needed support and care to those most affected. Whether through natural disasters, medical emergencies, famines, or even simple immediate needs, we want to ensure these families are given hope and love.
Could you contribute $20 a month towards our Families in Crisis fund, enabling support to be provided when crisis strikes, just as it was for Angel?