Being unable to partake in physical activities at school, not being able to feel fully part of the group, being stared and teased, were some of the experiences that Elizabeth Bress went through after being born without the fibula in her right leg due to a congenital disorder. In a third world country such as Bolivia, there is very limited medical resources and very little awareness of people with disabilities.
After seven unsuccessful surgeries throughout her childhood, Elizabeth’s inability to walk without the help of a four-pound orthotic forced her to undergo the traumatic decision of an amputation at age 11.
Carmen is one of many people in the world who works out in the farms and fields. Because of lack of treatment and access to preventive care for her diabetes, Carmen’s doctors were compelled to amputate her leg after an infection started in one of her toes and spread all way up to her knee. With the loss of her leg, Carmen was unable to work in the fields, which caused her to fall into a deep depression. She felt like her entire life was overMore Stories →