Asha puts her best foot forward

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When ten year old Asha came to Australia in 2010 she was facing two challenges. As if having a chronic bowel condition wasn’t enough, she also had a badly deformed leg which was permanently tucked up behind her body.

The first problem to be addressed was her bowel condition.  In April 2010 Associate Professor Beth Pennington performed abdominal surgery at St John of God Hospital in Bendigo.

Several months later, orthopaedic surgeon Leo Donnan amputated her deformed leg at Mercy Private Hospital (now St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne) to enable her to be fitted with a prosthetic leg.

Asha is a determined young lady, and just 11 days after her leg was fitted she was walking.

Asha returned home to her family in February 2011 but will return to Australia in a few years for surgical review and to be fitted with a new prosthetic leg.