Greetings , and happy Friday!
I love sharing stories of our wheelchair recipients with you. I also love sharing stories with you where our recipients have beaten the odds at life. This week I would like to introduce you to a strong woman who has beaten the odds. Her story is shared with us by Don and Piranan Wilcox with the Foundation to Encourage the Potential of Disabled Persons in Thailand:
Saitong is a 40 year old wife and mother of one. She and her husband are farmers and live in a tiny concrete block house next to a fruit orchard. Saitong was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent major cranial surgery where literally the whole top of her skull was removed in order for surgeons to treat the cancer. Her recovery after surgery was slow and at first she had difficulty speaking, and had reduced access to her hands and feet. Once home, she was placed on a mat on the concrete floor of her small house. When she tried to stand, she would topple over due to trauma affecting her sense of balance, so lying down was the only thing she could really do.
We gave a Gen_2 wheelchair to Saitong and this instantly got her up off the floor so she could interact with her family. It also dramatically changed her determination to recover. Shortly after receiving her wheelchair, the skin and hair on top of her head had collapsed and she had to undergo another major surgery where a prosthesis crown was inserted to not only protect her brain, but also to help restore the shape of her skull. Saitong uses her FWM chair to move around inside her house as well as on the concrete outdoor slab her husband built for her to access her cooking and laundry. She is determined to learn to walk again and has even been practicing with a walker for very short distances!
I think it is it great to read a story where a woman not only has to beat the odds of survival, but because of a wheelchair YOU helped provide, she is determined to walk again. Thank you so much for your continued support of people around the world like Saitong!