ARTA'S HOPE IN BRISTOL
Albanian girl Arta Gjini is in Bristol for life-changing surgery.
crucial operations will take place at the renowned Frenchay hospital
is all thanks to some kind surgeons and a Somerset charity.
show one foot is bent double, the other formed into a club.|
she was nine months old, Arta crawled onto a fire, suffering third
she was treated promptly, over the years her badly scarred skin
has crushed the bones in her feet, pulling them up to her shins.
medical treatment should help her walk and run like her friends.
she can only hobble along on her heels.
lives with her family in a tiny flat in the village of Rubik.
is an extremely poor area. Most places of work are closed and derelict.
care there is a world away from that offered in England.
home and family are in the village of Rubik|
this background, Arta can expect to have to provide for herself
as she grows up.
with such limited mobility, her prospects are poor.
family feels she is unlikely, given her disability, to find a husband
to support her.
to improve her prospects, they sought surgery for across the world.
Albanian Medical Trust charity in Dulverton on Exmoor gave the family
Voullaire, the charity’s trustee says, "We were so moved by the
pictures of the little girl that we wanted to help."
Trust identify Frenchay Hospital in Bristol as the best place for
specialist Alan Kay and orthopedic surgeon Ian Winson will operate
free of charge.
trust managed to raise £15,000 for Arta's nursing care so her treatment
very pleased", said surgeon Alan Kay|
Tuesday 24 September surgeons performed Arta's first operation.
five hours, they cut her left foot away from her shin and lowered
it to a right angle.
managed to get her foot down into a much better position," says
surgeon Alan Kay.
Bardhi is accompanying Arta from Rubik as her translator and guardian.
says, "We are lucky we have such good care for Arta."
keeps Arta’s family and friends in Albania regularly posted.
Mayor Gjavolin Prenga is also taking a personal interest.
says, "We want to thank the people of Somerset and the staff at
Frenchay and everyone else who’s supported Arta and her family."
Teresa, who was Albanian, used to say she aimed to help the poorest
of the poor."
just what the people in Somerset and Bristol are doing."