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A new wheelchair for Carlos, El Salvador

September, 2013

Gunshot survivor Carlos came with his wife Evelyn to receive a wheelchair at the ISRI Rehabilitation Hospital in San Salvador, on 2 September 2013. Carlos was shot in the back four year ago, at age 21, by gang members whom he knew. At the time of his injury, Carlos and his wife Evelyn had a small baby. After the shooting they moved to the other side of the city for safety, and never returned to the neighbourhood where they had lived all their lives. Carlos becoming paraplegic put an economic strain on the family as Evelyn juggles caring for him and for their child, as well as trying to earn money. It also put a strain on their relationship, with Carlos sometimes taking out his anger and frustration on Evelyn. He was given an old wheelchair which wore out further over the past four years, though he attempted to repair the parts as they broke. The new wheelchair he received at ISRI allows him to move around with much less effort, including going over the kerb and turning in a small space—so Evelyn will not have to assist him nearly as much as before.

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