During the Nepal Earthquake Bijaya’s leg was crushed by falling rocks. He was provided free medical care, rehabilitation support and a durable prosthesis from cbm partner TLMN in Nepal.
Bijaya wants to play football
This 11-year-old is a bundle of energy and rushes around looking for ways to keep busy. What stands out most is his desire to continuously run and jump over things.
Playing in the serene surroundings of the Anandaban Hospital, located around 16 km from Kathmandu city, Bijaya, keeps everyone engaged.
“I like playing and want to play football someday,” says the young boy with a smile. It is not an improbable dream for any boy his age. But coming from Bijaya this statement only highlights the irony of the disability that he acquired when he was crushed under falling rocks on 25th April 2015, the day of the Nepal Earthquake.
On his feet again
Recalling the fateful afternoon, his father Goshain, says, “My son was hit by the rocks falling from the hill above as he was playing on a field. When people brought him to me his leg was totally crushed.”
The father narrated the ordeal of waiting for almost 24 hours before they got a transport to move his son to a government hospital.
“Like many other people who had suffered severe injuries and needed artificial limbs and treatment, I also heard about the hospital later and came with my son,” he adds.
Goshain seems confident and is constantly looking out for Bijaya who often takes out and shows his prosthesis for right lower limb that allow him to walk, run and play. The boy was provided free medical care, rehabilitation support and a durable prosthesis.
“We are all relieved now as Bijaya loves being able to walk again and be like any other boy of his age. He is independent and happy about not needing anyone help,” says Goshain.
On being asked how Bijaya feels about his recovery, the boy rushes to an exercising bicycle to show how well he can move his leg.
cbm supported its existing partner The Leprosy Mission Nepal to carry out long- term post emergency response project. The project has not only extended support to survivors of the earthquake but also allowed long-term work towards building capacity of the institutions and partners to be better equipped in supporting the community and vulnerable communities, including people with disabilities during emergencies.
On 25th April 2015 at 11:41 local time a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal with the epicentre 81km north-west of Kathmandu. There were tremors of up to two minutes and by evening, at least 18 aftershocks had occurred. Just over two weeks later, on 12 May, a new earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck 76 km north-east of Kathmandu, causing further damage.
Three months after the first earthquake, official figures reported more than 8800 deaths, more than 600,000 houses destroyed, and more than 280,000 houses partially damaged.
Read more about what cbm globally has achieved since the earthquake hit Nepal on 25 April 2015 here. For more detailed information you can download our "One year report - Nepal earthquake 2015" here.