Work on Motala’s prosthetic limb began at 9:00am this morning and shortly after lunch Motala took her first steps on her prosthetic limb. Soraida Salwala fed her small clumps of sugar cane and petted her trunk while the crew from the Prostheses Foundation first slipped on a custom-made cushion, then secured it with an elephant-sized stocking donated by Cherilon. Finally, the crew slipped on the plastic prosthetic and then cleared out to witness her first steps.
The crowd was all smiles as she turned on her three good legs and then tentatively applied some weight to her prosthetic limb. When she was certain it would hold her, she slowly strolled out to the clearing near her unit and enjoyed a sunbath.
Tomorrow I have my one-on-one interview with Soraida to connect the dots between all the events I witnessed this weekend, before I head back to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.
It’s been an eventful week in Thailand and more shooting days ahead, so please continue to stay tuned!
Krup kum ka!
Producer, Writer and Director, The Eyes of Thailand
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