New Era (Windhoek)

7 February 2013

Namibia: Amputee Appeals for Help

Windhoek — Israel Kambala (42) is appealing for a specialist surgeon to perform corrective surgery on his left leg, which he claims was not properly amputated.

He recently underwent an operation on the leg at the Windhoek Central Hospital, but since then he has been in agony. Kambala says his right leg was affected by cancer in 2011 and was removed surgically to prevent the cancer from spreading to his left leg.

"During 2012 my left leg also started developing wounds forcing doctors to amputate it, but the procedure was done wrongly," says Kambala.

"I'm in pain!!. Since the day of my amputation my leg is losing blood and it is hurting so much. I really want specialised doctors to come forward to check my leg and to give me the right medication that can stop the pain," said Kambala.

The cancer sufferer said since the amputation he has been going back and forth to the hospital for check-ups. Only this Monday he was informed that the left leg was wrongly amputated and the doctors will have to re-amputate it on February 22.

"It cost me a lot of money to go to the hospital everyday with a taxi and the same nurses at the hospital told me to go and buy Caramel Syrup from the shops. They will then mix it with ointment to apply to the wound.

"I am suffering from the pain which has become unbearable. I am also unemployed and I only earn a social grant that I'm supposed to use for food and now I'm using it for transport to hospital, because I was told not to undress the wound myself."

Kambala is also appealing to good Samaritans to help him with a wheelchair that is more comfortable and that will allow him to move freely. He says the one he received from the hospital is unstable, and he often falls out of it, especially when he leave his shack.

"Another problem that I'm facing is of the toilet, I do not have a special toilet where I can help myself, but now I'm using a dish which is not good for the house environment. I think the municipality must help us to build at least one special public toilet for people with disabilities in our area," he related to New Era.

When this reporter visited Kambala in the Havana 2 informal settlement this week, we found him alone in his shack seated in the rickety wheelchair. According to him, the wheelchair he is using is meant for people with prostheses and a near impossible task for him, without a single limb, to navigate.

He says he will be very much grateful to any tailor out there who can help him with shorts specially tailored for people without legs.

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