While Jaipur Foot continues to adjust and fine-tune Florencia’s prosthetic, John, Dan, Adirito, and Ella took an unexpected journey with D.R. Mehta to a local Jaipur Foot Prosthetic Camp two hours away. They were greeted as royalty by the local Rotary Club and served lunch in a Jain temple. They learned that the camp helped 600 disabled persons over the last 21 days. HOW International’s goal as an organization, is to establish a fitment camp in Mozambique to serve the 10,000. Being able to venture alongside D.R. Mehta for a day allowed them to gather a vision of how their fitment camp would run.
This day turned out to be one of those experiences you check off on your ‘bucket list.’ We felt so honored and loved by D.R. Mehta and his staff. This man who cares so deeply for the forgotten and disabled of society, treated us like kings and queen (Ella). To us, he lives out the mantra of HOW International…Stop for the one, but don’t stop just at one.
On Tuesday at the Jaipur Foot clinic, Florencia has been fitted with a test prosthetic and is walking for the first time in over two years. On Wednesday she’ll return to the clinic to receive her final custom prosthetic, which resembles a real human leg. See images and video of her walking below.
The next step is to return to Jaipur Foot so that Florencia can get fitted with the 4th generation prosthetic. No amputee has been issued this new prosthetic that was designed by the company D-Rev. We are very excited to see how Florencia likes this new design.
At 7:00pm on Sunday night, we headed to the Jaipur airport to welcome Florencia and Aderito’s family to India. The whole team was there to give them a great warm welcome. Here are some images from the evening. Look below to find the full story.
We were overjoyed to see them in person for the first time when they stepped off the airport shuttle and into the main terminal.
The whole team was so grateful to shake hands with a woman who has suffered so much and overcome major obstacles to arrive here in Jaipur. Finally seeing her in person and not simply an image was an experience of a lifetime. Now we’re all settled in here in Jaipur and ready for the adventure to come.
We’re excited to begin the process of getting Florencia a new leg at the Jaipur foot clinic. Stay tuned for updates on our experiences at Jaipur foot and with its founder D.R. Mehta.
Hi everyone, it’s Sunday evening here in Jaipur and we’ve made it safely to our hotel. Now we’re just waiting for Florencia’s arrival. Here are some images from the first leg of our journey. Read more about our journey so far below the gallery of pictures.
What an amazing first couple of days we’ve already experienced on this journey. We’ve been traveling for over 36 hours, flying from Los Angeles to Dubai, Dubai to New Delhi, by bus for 220km to Jaipur, and then 45 minutes in three rickshaws to make it from the bus stop through the city to our hotel.
Immediately leaving the New Delhi Airport, we were thrown into the hustle and bustle of Indian life. We crammed into two taxis and travelled as quickly as we could to catch the 6am train that we were already running late for. After getting completely stopped by an indian traffic jam just outside the station, we left the taxis and ran through the streets hoping we could make it in time.
Unfortunately, the ticket station is more than a 15 minute drive from the platforms, and with 5 minutes to go, we realized we were going to need a new plan. We found a bus that left 30 minutes later just around the corner and ran with all our baggage to catch it just in time before it left as well.
Once were were on the bus, we relaxed and caught some much needed sleep on the 5 hour drive south to Jaipur.
After learning that the bus can’t drive into the city, the 12 of us, bags included, packed into 3, 3-wheeled rickshaws, driven by three local drivers with an impressive amount of urgency and precision.
We’ve finally made it to our hotel in the south of the city. It’s been a dramatic culture shock and an incredibly eye opening experience. We’ve been thrown completely out of our comfort zones, but we’ve stuck close together and made it through the chaos with a positive attitude.
Florencia is literally less than two weeks from receiving her first prosthetic leg! Recently, she has acquired her passport to travel to Jaunpur, India, where we will accompany her to receive her leg. Not only has Florencia been inspired with excitement for this journey, her community is & HOW International is anticipating the moment Florencia can run again, walk beside her son again, dance again..