Funds raised by the INF gift catalogue have helped to build a toilet for Dal Bahadur Rawat.
Dal, 48, is paraplegic because of a spinal cord injury. He was cutting down a tree when it fell on his back.
After Dal had undergone an operation, INF occupational therapist Megan Barker met him during one of her weekly visits to Nepal's Mid Western Regional Hospital in Surkhet. Megan arranged for Dal to be transferred to INF's Green Pastures Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for people with disabilities in Pokhara, so that he could have treatment for a pressure sore.
'As he left for Pokhara, Dal felt hopeless and was convinced he was going to die,' says Megan. 'However, after six months he returned to Surkhet with his pressure sore completely healed. He was still reliant on other people to move him from his wheelchair into bed, and needed a support to sit upright.'
Megan and INF's physiotherapist in Surkhet helped Dal to improve his balance, learn to move into and out of his wheelchair, strengthen muscles in his upper limbs and maintain full movement in his lower limbs. This involved working with his family and teaching various exercises. Dal's family are very supportive.
Now Dal can transfer himself from his wheelchair to his bed and back, sit up straight without support, sit up from lying down and move himself on his bed independently. He can eat without help and wash and dress himself, and is much happier.
Donations from two churches helped INF to buy some land and a simple house for Dal. Donations to the INF gift catalogue helped to build a special toilet for him.
'Dal says he owes his life to INF,' says Megan. 'We're grateful for all the support from the churches and via the catalogue.'