"I lost the use of my legs as a child due to polio. Then, in 2005, an accident took my hand away", Sharon Tumusiime, 47, from Nyanza, Rwanda
The SwissLimbs team met Sharon at the HVP Gatagara Rehabilitation Hospital, as she works in the administration of the centre. Sharon was not initially planned as a beneficiary of the May 2021 mission, but after getting to know her, the SwissLimbs team decided to lend her a hand. Sharon's story is very sad, but she is a kind woman with a smile on her face.
When she was only 5 years old, Sharon contracted polio, which forced her into a wheelchair and caused her to lose the use of both legs. Unfortunately, Sharon continued to have bad luck and in 2005 she was involved in a car accident, which resulted in the amputation of her right hand. Sharon is a mother of 4 children and prior to the SwissLimbs mission she had another prosthesis, but did not use it as it was not symmetrical and therefore not functional. She now has a transradial prosthesis with a myoelectric hand.