In 1998, the village Ebenezer lived in was invaded by a group of rebels
who were in conflict with Sierra Loeone’s government regime. The rebels began
shooting at homes and people, who fled to the surrounding jungle. Although
Ebenzer also tried to flee to safety with his family, he was hit in his right
leg by stray bullets leaving him badly wounded. Both his grandparents and 2
brothers were also killed in the attack. Reluctantly his family abandoned
him in order to save themselves leaving him screaming in pain before he lost
consciousness 3-4 hours later.
He awoke in the hospital after he had undergone numerous blood transfusions as he almost bled out while unconscious. Attempts to save his life meant that his right leg had been amputated above the knee. Unfortunately the bullet wound was seriously damaging and as is common in such wartime cases, amputation is an accepted medical practice.
the age of 20, Ebenezerhas been a transfemoral amputee yet has never been
fitted with a prosthetic. He lives alone and has a small stall where he sells
cigarettes, oil, vegetables and various other merchandise, which allows him to
sustain himself. Ebenezer is also a team member of the SLASA (Single Leg
Amputee Sport Association) football team, playing in the attack position.
Thanks to the SwissLimbs mission to Sierra Leone in May 2021, Ebenezer will receive his first transfemoral prosthetic and so regain a mobility independent of walking devices.