A couple of months ago, Halima, a sweet teenager from the village of Saturia, district Manikganj, Bangladesh became a victim of a terrible accident. She was admitted into the Burn Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. After a month-long treatment she got better. She was lucky enough to survive but she had to get rid of her left arm which was completely damaged from the electrical circuit hazard that she was trapped in. Such an innocent girl with a lost limb!
Halima’s parents hardly had any money, even to carry out her regular treatment for the accident. Providing an artificial limb could be only in their dreams. When the family did not have any hope of having an artificial limb for Halima, Dr. Samanta Lal Sen, Plastic Surgeon of the Burn Unit took the initiative to help her with his experience and with the financial contribution of Touching Souls International, Halima’s dream of getting an artificial limb was possible.
An artificial limb is a type of prosthesis that replaces a missing extremity, such as arms or legs. The type of artificial limb used is determined largely by the extent of an amputation or loss and location of the missing extremity. Artificial limbs may be needed for a variety of reasons where a body part is either missing from the body or is too damaged to be repaired including: disease, accidents, and congenital defects. After looking into Halima’s condition, Dr. Sen confirmed that she needed a trans-humeral prosthesis, which is an artificial limb that replaces an arm missing above the elbow. Most modern artificial limbs are attached to the stump of the amputee by belts and cuffs or by suction. The stump usually fits into a socket on the prosthetic. The socket is custom made to create a better fit between the arm and the artificial limb, which helps reduce wear on the stump. The custom socket is created by taking a plaster cast of the stump and then making a mold from the plaster cast. It took several weeks to finish the whole process for Halima to get her new artificial limb, but it was worth it.
Halima’s family is very grateful to the nonprofit organization Touching Souls International for financing the artificial limb for Halima and making their dream possible.
Giving artificial limbs to the needy patients is one of its many projects run by Touching Souls International. The nonprofit organization provides support, services, and assistance in health, education and safe environment needed for the economically disadvantaged..