JORDAN – At the age of 15, Aya lost her leg following an accident. This Saturday at the Our Lady of Peace Center will change her life.
With her shy smile, Aya seems to be like any Jordanian teenager. A sidelong glance, however, suffices to notice the absence of her left leg as an offense to the carefree of her 15 years. Today, the girl who suffered an accident three years ago will benefit from a new prosthesis on her left leg. What happened? she was running in the class when suddenly her leg hit a table wildly… A string of small wounds led then the girl to contract a tumor impossible to absorb. The diagnosis? it was necessary to amputate it. She, who loved to play football, would no longer be able to kick a ball. She, who loved to run, must get used to moving with two huge crutches to climb the stairs of the school to class. But the girl is tenacious and disconcerts her entourage by the simplicity with which she faces events. No, except for the steps of the school to climb, she did not encounter any problem. Students in her class have also created a Facebook group to facilitate her comings and goings because her teachers did not want to move the class on the ground floor.
From appointment to appointment, she hopes this prosthesis that will allow her to walk again. The problem remains the cost: after empty promises, her insurance tells her that nothing can be supported financially. A shock quickly chased away by the phone call of the NGO Handicap International who told her about the Our Lady of Peace Center. This unexpected news will change her life.
In the small rehab room, Aya paces with this surprisingly straight leg, so strange still, that she will have to get used to. One foot in front of the other … it’s been so long since she did not make this move. From now on, she can climb these famous stairs, gently but without help. With the many operations related to her injury, she has almost two years of high school to catch up and the program is dense. Her mom is moved but Aya herself is already too busy practicing her new way of walking. She will not be able to play football anymore. She will not run anymore. But she will go to the University to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer. And nothing will stop him.