Helping the Lame Walk, Without a Miracle

By Tina Rosenberg

Courtesy of Don Short

A Jaipur limb.

They come in on crutches, on homemade wheeled dollies, crude peg legs, even carried on the backs of mothers or brothers. Even with all their limbs they would have been impoverished, and losing a leg robbed them of the ability to carry out the subsistence labor the poor do all day to stay alive. They are reduced to begging or burdening their families.

A few hours or days later they leave on two legs, walking back to self-sufficiency. They can now carry water, farm two acres, drive a bicycle taxi. They can run and climb mountains and trees.
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