KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Her husband deserted her after she lost a leg in a road accident 14 years ago. Her in-laws also became indifferent toward her trauma as she was burden to them.
After six months at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Krishna Maya Nepali, 32, of Abukhairani, Tanahau was discharged as an amputee.
“My in-laws and even my husband did not come to met me at the time´, she said adding, “I go to maternal home where my two sons were waiting me.” Financial condition of her maternal side was so weak that Nepali said she did not want to be burden to them.
Three years after the accident she applied for a training course in tailoring in Katmandu. After her training was completed she found another reason to cheer. She got a prosthesis leg from the National Disabled Fund (NDF).
Since then she has had no difficulty moving about over short distances, and she found a job at a tailoring center, heling her make ends meet and send her two children to school.
Like Nepali, hundreds of disabled people have become self reliant with the help of prosthetic body parts.
But NDF said it cannot provide the parts immediately on demand. “We have to bring the parts from abroad and the government has not allocated a budget for this. So people have to wait,” said Nin Bahadur Budhathoki, secratary of NDF.
He said that NDF can manage about 100-150 wheelchairs but the demand is for about 700.
NDF said that the disabled cannot purchase wheelchairs and prosthetic body parts themselves and the government does not provide the money.
“We have asked donor agencies for help,” he added.