“When I go back home, I will continue my dream and apply to be a teacher at the school in my village”
23 years old
Siphengphanh has just graduated from teacher training college in Luang Prabang province.
“My childhood dream was to be a teacher and when I finished high school I studied at teacher training college for three years. In my last year, just a few months before I obtained my diploma, I fell and hurt my leg and couldn’t walk. I went to see a doctor who said there was poor blood circulation in my leg. I stayed in hospital for over two months for treatment but my leg became infected and got worse and worse until I had to have my leg amputated to save my life. On 23rd November 2016, I had my leg amputated at the 150 hospital in Vientiane, the same day as my graduation at the teacher training college.
It was very difficult to move around and I thought my dream to be a teacher would not come true due to my disability. However, luckily the doctor told me about CMR and COPE.
I stayed for another two months in the hospital and on 9th March 2017 I moved to the rehabilitation centre. I needed more treatment on my leg initially before I could be fitted with a new prosthetic leg but on 15th May 2017, I received a new leg and learned how to walk over the next two weeks. After my operation, I thought I would never walk again but now I have hope again for the future. When I go back home, I will continue my dream and apply to be a teacher at the school in my village.
On behalf of people with disabilities, thank you to CMR and COPE for providing services for us. Thank you!”