Life’s journey for Phephile Khumalo is taken one step at a time. But for this seven-year-old in the Bulembu childcare program, each physical step has been taken only with the aid of crutches. Phephile was a baby when a snake bit her. The bite caused permanent muscle damage, preventing her foot from developing normally. But Phephile is ready to take the next step, and it will come a little bit easier when she receives a prosthetic leg.
|Wiseman comforts a frightened Phephile while she’s being fitted with a mold that will be used to make a prosthetic leg.|
Dr. Brock’s wife, Angelica, who is a physical therapist and Wiseman Sisamala worked with Phephile to keep her calm and comforted during the mold fitting. Wiseman, originally from Zimbabwe and a Registered General Nurse has been working in the Bulembu Clinic for one year, so he is quite familiar with Phephile and her struggles to walk. Angelica is an expert at helping children strengthen muscles that, for one reason or another, have not developed properly. Initially frightened, Phephile was unharmed during the fitting and happily accepted a tasty treat when it was over!
|Phephile winces during the process of being fitted with a mold that will be used to make a prosthetic leg.|
Phephile’s mold was created when Dr. Brock and Angelica paid a visit to Bulembu in mid-April. She’ll be fitted with her prosthetic leg in approximately one month. And when that day comes, Phephile will be able to walk and run with her friends. Her crutches will be a thing of the past, and the next step will be cause for celebration!
|Wiseman shows Phephile the mold that will be taken back to Germany to prepare the prosthetic leg she’ll receive in May.|
|Angelica offers Phephile a tasty treat after the fitting process which will lead to a prosthetic leg.|
|A teary-eyed Phephile enjoys a tasty treat after the fitting process to make her new prosthetic leg.|
|Phephile smiles alongside Angelica and Dr. Detlef Brock.|
|Phephile Khumalo smiles knowing she will soon be able to walk without the aid of her crutches.|