We met Constance when she was 10 years old, attending one of our sponsored schools in Mutare. She was in Grade 5 at Chitakatira Primary, enjoying education. Sadly, tragedy struck one day when she was hit by a car on her way to church.
After an agonising wait, it was decided by medical professionals that it was necessary to amputate her right leg. Despite this, she remained determined to go back to school and continue her education. Following a successful operation and a 40-day stay in hospital, the family sourced a second-hand set of adult crutches that enabled Constance to regain some level of normality.
At such a young age and a mere 5 months after her accident, we were completely taken aback by Constance’s determination and resilience. Unlike in the UK, Constance would not have experienced the luxury of free healthcare, like we would in the NHS. This meant Constance’s family were struggling to pay for her hospital fees, as well as provide for the rest of the family and pay the school fees.
Like many families in the area, they relied on farming as a source of income, and a debt of $1,183 to Mutare Hospital was far more than they could afford to pay. Horrifically, the British driver that caused the accident reassured the local police she would pay all of Constance’s medical bills, but to this date she has only paid the family a pitiful $50.
With help from our wonderful sponsors, our team at Creating Better Futures was able to step in and help. We became aware that Constance and her mother had attended a consultation at Parirenyatwa Hospital Harare for a prosthetic leg.
We were able to provide a donation of over $600 to give Constance the prosthetic leg she desperately needed. The smile on Constance’s face is one of bravery and determination despite this affecting her everyday life. We are so grateful to everyone that has helped Constance get back on track!