Susan Banda is 17. She was the first patient of the 500 miles Centre in Mzuzu. She was born with deformed legs and has never been able to stand or walk. She has spent all of her life in a wheel chair or crawling on the ground. Her father left her mother when she was born because she was disabled.
Her mother married again but when she had more children with her new husband, the husband rejected Susan and she was sent to live with her grandmother who was also disabled. After a few years, the community realised that her grandmother was not able to look after Susan properly so they took her to a kind Malawian couple called Joseph and Gertrude, who already had five children of their own, and asked them to take her in.
When this family heard about 500 miles’ first Centre in Lilongwe, it arranged for Susan’s legs to be amputated, one above knee and one through knee so that she could be fitted with legs. Then they brought her to 500 miles and we fitted Susan with her first legs in June 2011.