She has been crawling for 45 years.
She was suddenly deprived of her mobility, so her husband and sons have been tending to her every need since.
When Visitacion Batangan, now 65, gave birth to her first son, she felt a surging pain in the lower part of her body. Thinking that it was just a normal postpartum effect, she ignored it and went along with her daily life as a new mom. Then one day, she woke up, and she can no longer walk nor stand. She suffered from edema, affecting half of her lower body up to her hands. She was told that it was also because of diabetes.
Picture this: A house in the middle of farmland. The nearest neighbor’s house is 15 minutes away by foot. For someone who can no longer stand, even going out of their house is an inevitable struggle. So she stays inside, with only the sound of nature keeping her company most of the time.
When asked what she did for a living, her answer was almost the same as most of our wheelchair beneficiaries: She was a farmer, and so are the rest of her family.
“I have been dreaming of a wheelchair because I wanted to be able to push myself around the house and even outside,” she said teary-eyed.
She owned one, but that was also long been broken and gone. Now, Visitacion has a new one, and she couldn’t stop smiling even when she was finally bidding the team goodbye– that time, finally outside her house.
Visitacion is one of the 32 wheelchair beneficiaries from our recent wheelchair distribution in Piddig, Ilocos Norte. This is just one of the smiling faces that your continued donation and support are causing.
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