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Jogi Sikand Discussing The Trip

Jogi Sikand, medical supply assistant at Interplast, recently served as a coordinator/translator on a surgical team trip to Dehradun, India. Jogi is seen here reflecting on her experiences working with the patients in the hospital.

Kamala will return next year

Her plan is to have her return to our clinic next year in Dehradun, where she can be evaluated for a second stage of surgeries to further correct her deformities.

Medial Canthoplasty and Nasal Osteotomy

  Kamala undergoing surgery 
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Kamala successfully underwent a medial canthoplasty and nasal osteotomy with bone and cartilage grafts from her rib by Dr. Navin Singh.

A Happy Teenager, Unbroken By Tragedies

A Happy Teenager
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Her guardian described Kamala to me as an intelligent and kind person who is determined to overcome her challenges. Upon meeting her, Kamala struck me, as well as other team members, as a happy teenager, who's spirit has not been broken despite her tragedies.

Coming to Interplast for reconstructive surgery

Because of the distance of her village in the mountains, she has not been able to see her mother or siblings since arriving to the medical home seven months ago. Her father has been able to come to see her a few times and has come down since learning of the arrival of the Interplast surgical team. She was brought to our clinic by her guardian at the home, who found out about us from local advertising.

Stopped Attending School

Kamala on crutches
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Back home in her village, she had to stop attending school. She wanted to get a prosthesis and learn to walk again, but it was impossible to get the assistance she needed at home. Last February, she moved into a home for children with disabilities in Dehradun. She began her long awaited physical therapy and got a prosthesis for her right lower leg. She is now able to walk with crutches.

Six months in the hospital recovering

Kamala's father relays that after pulling her off the tree, her friends began to make a lot of noise, in hopes of scaring the leopard away. The plan worked, but not before Kamala was clawed in the face, leaving her with deep lacerations and bony deformities of her right orbit and nose. One of Kamala's friends ran to Kamala's mother, who was nearby in the family's village. Someone in the village owned a car and took Kamala on the two hour ride to the closest hospital. She spent six months in the hospital recovering. There were no other injuries apart from the lower leg amputation and facial injuries. Miraculously, her eye sight was not affected. She spent the next several months going back and forth to the hospital for further management of the amputation. She did not have any type of operation to her face.

Trying to escape the leopard

Kamala at Interplast Clinic
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Four years ago, at the age of 12, Kamala was attacked by a leopard as she was gathering firewood for her family in a nearby forest. She recalls vividly the events leading up to the attack. She had been in the forest with some friends. Upon suddenly spotting the leopard, she quickly climbed a nearby tree and began screaming as the leopard began running towards her. The leopard followed her up the tree and grabbed her right lower leg with its jaws. As it pulled her off the tree, she was knocked unconscious. Her next memory is awakening in a hospital bed with her right lower leg amputated.

Kamala: Leopard Attack Victim

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Kamala is a bright 16 year old female who came to clinic with a facial deformity causing her right eye to hang significantly lower than her left eye. She comes from the Almora district of the Indian Himalayas. It is a 12 hour bus ride away from Dehradun, high in the mountains. She is the oldest of five children.