Bivisha, 3 years old,
On Saturday 25 April 2015 Nepal, one of Asia’s poorest countries, was hit by a devastating earthquake. Thousands of civilians died and many more were injured, including three-year old Bivisha, who suffered a fractured leg.
Life after the disaster
The 7.8 Richter scale earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015 resulted in masses of casualties. Today, Terre des hommes (Tdh) is still providing ongoing assistance to the children injured during the disaster. Three-year old Bivisha is among those being treated. She suffered a fractured leg when the toilets collapsed. “The doctors put a cast on her leg, but over the days that followed, she complained of increasing pain”, tells her mother Kalpana. She brought Bivisha to one of Tdh’s mobile clinics. The doctor there saw that her leg had not been properly set and decided to send Bivisha to an orthopaedic hospital straight away. On 16 July, almost three months after her accident, Bivisha finally received the necessary medical care and her leg was re-set in a plaster cast. “They didn’t just cover the medical bills, they took care of the food, accommodation and transport expenses”, says her mother. However, there was already significant damage. Bivisha’s right leg was six centimetres shorter than the other one. “The doctor has reassured me that with proper treatment and physiotherapy, they will be able to correct the problem”, she says confidently.