Tragedy turns to new hope for India’s child amputees thanks to ELoH and HEAL

Sarah Hope, co-founder of Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope, poses in front of a picture of her daughter Pollyanna on the new Elizabeth Panton-HEAL Mobile Artificial Limb Centre

Sarah Hope, co-founder of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, poses in front of a picture of her daughter Pollyanna on the new Elizabeth Panton-HEAL Mobile Artificial Limb Centre

SARAH HOPE, co-founder of HEAL’s Artificial Limb Centre UK funding partners Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (ELoH), rounded off a memorable week-long visit to Paradise Village by announcing the arrival of a new mobile unit to bring new relief to child amputees in rural southern India.

The new vehicle arrived at the Village in the same week that Sarah and HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru had invited the Indian media to learn more about the Elizabeth Panton-HEAL Artificial Limb Centre in the hope of reaching out to more amputees.

Tragedy turned to hope when ELoH was founded by twin sisters Sarah and Victoria Bacon in 2011, fours years after following a terrible bus collision in London involving three generations of their family.

The new Elizabeth Panton-HEAL Mobile Artificial Limb Centre

The new Elizabeth Panton-HEAL Mobile Artificial Limb Centre

Sarah and Victoria’s mother Elizabeth tragically lost her life, Sarah was badly injured, and her 2-year-old daughter Pollyanna was required to have her right leg amputated below the knee.

In the first six weeks after the collision, Pollyanna underwent 14 separate surgeries. Today, despite her struggles, the care available to Pollyanna has enabled her to live a bright and active life, and so it is that ELoH now helps transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable child amputees in the world.

The Hope family have discovered what it means to have access to first class hospitals, surgeons and prosthetics and Pollyanna can walk, play and go to school, just like her friends. Thousands of others across the world are not so lucky.

HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru and ELoH's Sarah Hope and Emilie Schultze try the new mobile limb centre out for size

HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru and ELoH’s Sarah Hope and Emilie Schultze try the new mobile limb centre out for size

In many countries, amputees do not receive the help they need, and desperately lack access to good quality care and support. As a result, they face life-threatening infections, do not have access to education, and are isolated from society.

By teaming up with HEAL in India, it is possible for ELoH to promote both physical and social mobility for beneficiaries, through providing new limbs, surgery and physiotherapy – as well as educational, psychological and livelihoods support.

Following emotional interviews with television and newspaper journalists, Sarah spent time interviewing and meeting many of the HEAL child amputees, including five who all received new limbs during one exceptionally busy day at the clinic.

The new Elizabeth Panton-HEAL Mobile Artificial Limb Centre will allow the joint project to reach out to more child amputees

The new Elizabeth Panton-HEAL Mobile Artificial Limb Centre will help put more child amputees back on their feet

“Our visit to HEAL Paradise Village was so much more than we expected,” admitted Sarah, who was accompanied on the trip by ELoH colleagues Emilie Schultze and trustee Jennie Evans. “I was delighted with the Press response and it’s great to know that our fantastic mobile artificial limb centre will now be coming around all the villages delivering on-the-spot care.

“This will not only help more people to learn of our work in India, but also make it easier for amputees to access our services and reduce the amount of travelling they will have to do.”

For further information please contact the Elizabeth Panton-HEAL Artificial Limb Centre on 9100024438, or Paradise Village CEO Mr AjayKumar on 7032885515.