Stories of Success in Haiti: Renade (Part 5/5)

January 12, 2011
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As we count down to the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, we’d like to reflect on the stories of the individuals we’ve helped recover and rebuild their lives. This series of posts includes the stories of people who have been able to recover from the biggest catastrophe in their country’s history.

As we count down to the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, we’d like to reflect on the stories of the individuals we’ve helped recover and rebuild their lives. This series of posts includes the stories of people who have been able to recover from the biggest catastrophe in their country’s history.

Renade

On January 12th, 9-year-old Renade sat studying in her apartment while her parents were out. All of a sudden, the building started shaking violently. Renade looked up to see the ceiling about to cave in – another apartment was falling into her home. In a panic, Renade ran to her balcony and jumped off. The fall shattered her left leg.

When her parents returned home to find the mangled body of their daughter, they ran Renade to the nearest doctor, who said they had to amputate her leg. After the amputation, she was able to get a temporary prosthetic.

Initially, Renade was quite afraid because she had lost her foot, and she became introverted. She relied heavily on her parents and siblings for emotional support.

Renade heard about BRAC soon after she lost her leg. She visited the BRAC Limb and Brace Center and was fitted for a custom made prosthetic limb.

A quick learner, Renade was soon climbing up and down stairs and dancing around with her new prosthetic leg. Her fear melted away, and she became her usual, vibrant self.

As Renade grows, she will need to have her prosthetic limb refitted or replaced, and BRAC plans to be there with her every step of the way.

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