Paralysed patient seeing his dreams come true
Kalisa, who received expert care at Gahini Hospital, now plans to become a doctor himself. Photo: Schoonbee/CMS
A young paraplegic man in Rwanda is looking forward to his future, thanks to his hard work and to CMS mission partners past and present.
Kalisa is a former patient of Liz Hardinge, a previous CMS partner who served as a physiotherapist at Gahini Hospital Rehabilitation Centre.
Thanks to the care, schooling and encouragement he received at Gahini, Kalisa was able to leave Gahini six years ago and pursue secondary education.
Drs Bertha and Wim Schoonbee, current CMS mission partners at Gahini, were pleased when several months ago, Kalisa returned to the hospital and told them he’d just completed his school leaving exams in biology, chemistry and physics, obtaining very high scores.
Wanting to earn income before leaving for university, Kalisa joined the hospital craftmaking team.
"He has doubled the amount of our card designs," said Bertha. At a market in Kigali, people bought cards and a shop is now carrying them regularly.
"Kalisa has fond memories of Gahini and praises the Lord for providing for his needs," Bertha said. "He has hopes of becoming a doctor himself one day.
"We praise God that the rehab centre, disabled children’s hostel where Kalisa used to live and the crafts project all contribute in giving people with disabilities new hope for their futures."
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Published: 08:23 12 June 2012 | 1132 viewsLast updated: 18 May 2012 See other stories in these categories: News: Mission partners, Health, MISSION UPDATE, Africa