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PATIENT STORIES

VHP's efforts are best explained through the people they work with. Here are a few fascinating stories.

Jigme, Nepal

Jigme, a nine year old boy from the far west of Nepal, lost his arm about 1 year ago. He had fallen and badly injured his arm, however, his family did not have immediate access to medical care. By the time they could see a doctor, his arm condition had deteriorated, and it had to be amputated. His family heard about the services of Limb Care Nepal Pvt in Kathmandu, and got connected with Amit Bajracharya, CPO. Victoria Hand Project has recently completed development of our 3D Printed VC200-Child hand prosthesis design, and Jigme was very excited about being the first to use it! Dr. Nick Dechev traveled to Nepal to work with Amit Bajracharya on preparing this first device. Given Jigme's limb shape, we decided to use a suspension socket, which is a two-part system featuring featuring a flexible polypropylene inner socket, tied to our stiffer PLA outer socket. The fitting process was easily completed and Jigme was super excited! He learned to use his new device within about 30 minutes. The hand was eventually painted to match his skin tone, and he is now attending school in Kathmandu.

Jigme's story was made into a Youtube montage, available here.