Twenty-year-old year old Sharon Niwaha’s pain is visible in her eyes and on her face. She complains of a little pain in her amputated limb and she says she can’t walk for long distances.
Previously employed as a security guard, Niwaha fell off a building in November 2014 while at the offices of Hash, a security firm based in Bugolobi. “I had finished my lunch and was preparing to go on duty when I slipped off the first floor veranda and fell in a deep trench which left my leg broken from the ankle,” Niwaha recalls.
She says she was rushed to Nsambya hospital by the human resource manager but was abandoned in the hospital without care for a week because she had no money.
“She dropped me at Nsambya hospital and never came back and the medical personnel also asked for money before they could treat my leg.” Niwaha says her leg started rotting because no one attended to her and the pain was unbearable. Her brother Allan Agaba, went to Niwaha’s employer to request for help and the company came in to help a month later.
“They offered to cover all the hospital bills and the doctors agreed to work on me but my leg was already rotten by then,” she says.
Since her leg had started rotting, the doctor in charge at Nsambya hospital recommended amputation. And this was done in December 2014.
Niwaha’s mother could not cater for the rest of the hospital expenses since the company only paid for her medication so she requested that they go home.
Niwaha says she left the hospital before she could heal but the company offered her transport so that she could return to the hospital periodically to dress her wound.
“The company refused to buy me an artificial leg saying I had already cost them a lot of money. So, they cannot give me Shs2.5m for an artificial leg,” Niwaha says.
Philip Mbaga, a pastor at Emmanuel Healing Centre in Kasasa, Wakiso District, who has also helped Niwaha says the church has been supporting her since she got injured but they cannot afford to buy her an artificial leg.
“Her sister doesn’t have money and she has no one to help her. She has been a very good member of our church and I request that people help her because she is suffering,” says Mbaga.
Niwaha lives with her married sister who has two children and is unemployed. Thus, she cannot meet all the family costs. She is appealing for help to raise Shs2.5m to buy an artificial leg so that she can find work. “I need to start walking again. The doctor told me I can walk if I get an artificial leg,” says Niwaha.
How you can help
Sharon Niwaha’s mobile money number is 0772 66 02 97. You can also deposit money in Post Bank in the names of Phillip Mbaga on account number 1030003007003.