For people with disabilities and those injured as a result of natural disasters or war, physical rehabilitation is the first step towards regaining independence. Sadly, in countries such as Nepal, disabled and injured people struggle to access the care they need and can easily find themselves excluded and forgotten.

People like eight-year-old Khembro. On the 25th April last year, she was playing with her cousin, older sister and grandmother when a 7.8 earthquake shook the ground in central Nepal.

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It was the largest earthquake in the country in over 20 years, killing 8,000 people and injuring over 22,000. An additional 2.5 million people were left homeless and many are still living in temporary housing.

Trapped under rubble for a few everlasting hours, Khembro was eventually pulled free only to learn that her beloved sister, 12, and grandmother, 60, hadn’t survived the disaster.

SadlyKhembro’s trauma didn’t stop there. Her legs were badly injured in the earthquake.As the first symptoms of an infection showed up, she was flown to the already over-crowded Bir hospital in Kathmandu. To save her life, the doctors had no choice but to amputate her left leg.