Durga Maya from near death to a hopeful future3 Oct 2012
A friend of mine visited Nepal recently and learnt about International Nepal Fellowship (INF) who help people rehabilitate after becoming disabled and set them up to be able to start cottage industries and make a living and be part of the community again.
Durga Maya was from a typical rural village in Nepal. She was married with two sons and two daughters.
Durga's life changed dramatically when she fell from a tree and broke her back. She wanted to die. She was told nothing could be done and she was sent home. She spent her whole time in bed and couldn't feel her legs. Her husband left her. Nobody cared for her and she wanted to kill herself - she even tried to set herself on fire.
For six years she lay at home in pain. Her legs became badly infected and she was close to death when INF found her. INF sent her for treatment – her legs had to be amputated. After the operation she was transferred to the INF hospital. The INF staff comforted her, counselled her and encouraged her. They were really supportive. Durga had a brace made for her so she could sit more easily.
INF built a house for her with a shop at the front for her to run. She now has a purpose for living. Durga still faces many challenges, but remains positive.
Below is a link to Durga Maya's story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHxbcmSB908&feature=share