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Saving Samjana

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Raised by 40 people in 9 months
Samjana Chepang is a 13 year old girl who lives in the Chepang Hills in Chitwan, Nepal.
Recently and Australian nursing outreach program met Samjana during a one-day healthcamp in the hills.
Upon removing the flimsy cloth from her foot, we dicovered her entire heel was necrotic tissue. The infection has moved into the bone of her leg and she is looking at an amputation, possible of the entire leg.
Samjana has other medical issues, but we are assessing and controlling the infection first.
At the very least, she is looking at multiple surgeries, months of recovery and rehabilitation.
It is unclear whether she will ever be able to return to her hillside home. 
We need funds to pay for her immediate medical treatment, and also for her longterm recovery.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated.
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Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago Samjana returned to the hills and has been living with her aunt, Hassina. Hassina is a lovely young woman and has been taking care of Samjana really well. The wound on her foot is being kept clean and is continuing to heal.

Update from Raj (19th April):
Baine Namaste. How are you? I was in hillside for some days. I met Samjhana, she is doing better. She is still in her sisters house. Her sister is talking care of her. I take some medicine for Samjhana. I am sending you some photos of Samjhana.
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Hi everyone,
We had high hopes that Samjana's story had already had a happy ending, but unfortunately we found her in a poor condition with the wound on her foot re-opened and infected.
We have had he treated at a village medical clinic and they did a great job at cleaning the wound and getting her on some oral antibiotics, but they have recommended that we take her to the hospital tomorrow for some more advanced treatment and tests.
This is the short term solution to helping her.
We are also trying to find a longer term solution to prevent this from happening again.
It is frustrating because saving her foot the first time around was nothing short of a miracle, and this latest infection could have been easily prevented by good hygiene in the home.
She is able to walk with the help of a stick, but has little to no feeling in her feet, which is why the wound went unnoticed for so long. It doesn't appear like her mother cares very much for her (I don't know if this is a gender issue- she has a younger brother who is kept clean and healthy), but she has some extended family who we will try to work with.
She is a very bright little girl, but it is very difficult to get a sense of what she is thinking and feeling because she is painfully shy. She won't even look the Nepalese doctors in the eye or speak to them so teaching her to care for her own feet and general hygiene is difficult.
But we are not giving up.
Keshab and Rajendra are masters of finding solutions to difficult problems, so any support we can give to them as they work with the doctors, family and community to figure this out will be so appreciated.
Thank you in advance. Love from Nepal.
Initial cleaning of foot in the field
Getting cleaned up at Prakash medical.
Samjana and her father
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Another update from Rajendra below.
Thank you so much for everyone who made this possible. Awesome result. :-)

Namaste baini. Samjhana got discharged today. We felt like she was homesick and her wound is getting better so doctor discharged her today. Doctor have called her after a week for follow up.
Once again thank you baini Calida and all people who help us to save her life, thank you very much.
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An update on Samjana's recovery from Rajendra:

Namaste baini, how are you? I hope everything is going well. Little girl Samjana had stitches taken out from her wound in the back yesterday. The wound is healing very good. Her leg is also recovering good. Chepang family are so happy with you. Thank you for everything.
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