Chris's story

  • Chris Ogbonna, Assistant Senior Technician at Chanchaga Orthopaedic Workshop, Nigeria.Chris Ogbonna, Assistant Senior Technician at Chanchaga Orthopaedic Workshop, Nigeria.

A new lease of life

Imagine the distress of losing the full use of your arms or legs, or perhaps having to have one of them amputated. Life as you know it is gone, and you are forced to adapt to a new way of living that challenges you to the limit, both physically and emotionally. 

Then imagine that you also have no access to basic assistance in the form of crutches, wheelchairs or prosthetic limbs - invaluable for learning to adjust to a new way of life. 

Sadly, this is often the case for many of those affected by leprosy in Nigeria. Some end up completely confined to their homes, rejected and isolated from their communities. 

This is where Chanchaga Orthopaedic Workshop makes such a difference in people’s lives. One of only a few such facilities in the country, it produces mobility devices, such as prosthetic limbs and specialist footwear and distributes wheelchairs and crutches to those in need.

It is here that Chris Ogbonna can be found, tirelessly serving his patients. It was a chance encounter with a leprosy patient as a student that brought Chris to Chanchaga, where he works with passion and tireless energy. 

The man had a prosthetic leg and as he told Chris, his new lease of life was all down to Chanchaga. It was a conversation that would change the direction of Chris’s life, with him joining the team there in 2015.

It is Chris’s patients who inspire him to be creative about his work - he is consistently asking “What can I do to improve this person’s life?”.

“What we do here impacts lives: it is about love, passion, and care for people who are vulnerable,” he said.

Without the gifts left in Wills, we could not support dedicated staff like Chris to provide life-changing help to patients who would otherwise end up struggling to carry out basic tasks.