Justo worked as a window glazier in Bolivia. One day he cut his left foot on a piece of glass that had fallen to the floor. Justo knew that if he left work to visit a doctor he would risk losing his job to someone who could work the whole day. So Justo bandaged his foot and continued with his work. Over the course of the next year Justo´s wound did not heal despite his best efforts to clean it and re-dress the bandage regularly. When he finally visited a doctor they explained how badly infected his entire leg was and he urged Justo to go to the hospital for a leg amputation.
When Justo heard this he became severely depressed, in Bolivia losing a leg also means losing your livelihood. Justo wanted to die rather than lose his leg and his family had to convince him to go to the hospital for surgery. His family did not have the money to pay the medical bills at the larger, safer hospitals so Justo first went to a hospital that charged less. However after 3 days in this hospital having not been seen by any doctors, his wife took Justo to another hospital and told them, “I don’t care how much it costs, please just save my husband.” After 3 surgeries the doctors were able to remove the infection, but were not able to save his leg
After being released from the hospital Justo’s family tried to support him, but soon they began to run out of money as well. With no job and no money to pay for a prosthetic leg, Justo began to give up hope.
All of that changed when Justo’s wife heard about a clinic in La Paz that had donated legs and were providing free of charge. He was soon fitted with a LIMBS leg system. With his new ability to walk, Justo now has hope for the future and is looking forward to helping out around the house and returning to his job.