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Tok lost his leg after an accident at work

Inclusion Rehabilitation

Tok, 27, lives in the Huameuang district of Laos and wears a prosthesis provided by HI.

Portrait of Tok.

Portrait of Tok, who has benefitted from HI's support. | © HI

At the age of 22, Tok lost his leg in a work accident. HI has provided him with a prosthesis and rehabilitation care.

His accident

In 2017, at the age of 22, Tok was hired to cut down a tree that was touching a power line. The tree fell over and crushed his left leg. He managed to call his brother who rushed him to hospital, but his leg was too badly damaged and had to be amputated. After his accident, Tok's life became more difficult. His disability prevented him from performing certain everyday tasks.

HI's assistance

In 2020, HI referred Tok to its rehabilitation center. He received a prosthesis and rehabilitation care. As a result, he gained in independence and was again able to go about his daily routine.

Tok has also received training from HI and GRET (Groupe de Recherche et d'Echange Technologique) on disability rights and inclusion. He is now a community volunteer that advocates against discrimination, promotes understanding, acceptance and awareness of the rights of people with disabilities and the importance of their inclusion, and provides peer support.

Tok's goal is to remove the physical barriers encountered by people with disabilities. He has also joined a group of red mushroom producers and received training in the bamboo value chain, which has helped boost his income.

His new life

Portrait of Tok, a young man wearing a dark grey/blue sweater, smiling in front of a green nature background.Today, Tok’s living conditions have improved significantly. He can work again and has started to raise livestock. He is also employed by the Lao electricity board, collecting data on electricity consumption, distributing bills and collects dues.


"People with disabilities need support to access public services and opportunities to improve their lives. I have received a lot of support and it has changed my life."

In the future, Tok wants to expand his farm and keep goats.

Date published: 08/01/22


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