Family's gift for snake bite victim

PUBLISHED: 19:53 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010

A boy in Bengal will be given a new lease of life, thanks to an East Devon family. The family, who do not want to be named, have given £1,000 to Sally Dalton, a nurse from Axminster.

A boy in Bengal will be given a new lease of life, thanks to an East Devon family.The family, who do not want to be named, have given £1,000 to Sally Dalton, a nurse from Axminster. Mrs Dalton visited India for three months earlier this year, where she met the boy, 18, who is in urgent need of a new prosthetic leg.Mrs Dalton was so affected by the boy's hardship that she began raising funds to help him return to independence.And now, thanks to the £1,000, he is a long way towards being able to walk like any other person.Mrs Dalton, 56, said Depunker had been badly bitten by a snake when he was younger. His family thought the bite could be treated without medical help, but it had gone gangrenous, and the leg had to be cut off below the knee.He currently has an old fashioned prosthetic leg but it is no longer suitable."He just wants to get married and live a normal life, said Mrs Dalton. "No girl will look at him until he has a good leg."She said the £1,000 donation would pay for almost the entire cost of the leg and the journey he will have to make from his home to either Calcutta or Kerella to meet a specialist to fit the new leg.As well as helping the boy, Mrs Dalton is working with the Tulsi Trust to set up a health and education service in the village of Adivaashi. This week she told how a doctor who speaks the local language had been found to join the service - a major step forward. She and the trust now need to raise funds to keep the hospital there up to date. They hope to raise around £1,000 to pay for a centrifuge, a fridge and blood testing equipment.Mrs Dalton hopes to hold an evening of sitar music at the Minster Church in Axminster in June to raise more funds.

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