MOTALA

50-Year Old, landmine Survivor

MotalaMotala is a 50-year old landmine survivor. In 1999, Motala stepped on a landmine while she and her mahout were logging along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Although her front leg was seriously injured, she walked for three days to arrive at FAE’s Elephant Hospital. When she arrived, tears were streaming down Motala’s cheeks and Soraida Salwala says there was not a dry eye at the hospital. News of her injury drew international attention and raised enough donations for Soraida and FAE to develop a strategy on how to treat elephant landmine victims. After 10 years of surgery and rehabilitation, Motala received her first prosthetic limb built by the Prostheses Foundation.

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Motala, a 50-year old elephant landmine survivor, rests her amputated leg while she waits for her prosthesis.