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5-03-2010  Feature  
Case history of an amputee becoming handicraft teacher and athlete
Thuan lost her leg in a traffic accident in 1998 when she was 12 years old. Life became all dark for the young girl.

Thuan got her artificial limb in 2003 at the Ho Chi Minh Rehabilitation Centre. That first fitting put her into the world of the disabled. She got interested in support activities related to disabilities. This led her to work at the Vocational Training Centre for Disabled People as a teacher in embroidery and bead craft. She could thus help other disabled persons. In December 2006, this centre introduced her for fitting under the coverage by the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled (SFD) project : it was her first SFD-subsidised prosthesis.

Life seemed to spring up again. The young amputee started practicing the javelin throw in 2005, the discus and shotput throw as well. Since then she has been restlessly training five days weekly at the Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, in evening time after her working day at the Vocational Training Centre. Due to sport exercise, her prostheses have been often overused.
She won several bronze and gold medals in the 2006 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, 2008 in Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand) and 2009 in Malaysia. According to her coach, the next steps of her training plan will be participations in the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, China, and the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Thanks to the ICRC-SFD assistance, Thuan is going to be fitted again to continue further her social involvement for her peer trainees and also to raise her sport achievements higher.

Media clips about Thuan’s sport achievements exist in Vietnamese and English languages. Here are few internet links in English:

www.nhandan.com.vn/english/sport/190809/sport_f.htm

vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/showarticle.php?num=02SPO170809

vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/showarticle.php?num=01SPO230108

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Thuan practicing the javelin throw in Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City.
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Thuan working on a piece of bead craft, Ho Chi Minh City, 14 January 2010.


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