Conditions Leading to Disability in Developing Countries

80% of people with disabilities live in developing countries — UNPD


Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVA, or Stroke)

Cerebrovascular Accidents, more commonly known as strokes, occur when blood flow suddenly stops to the brain, causing a loss of oxygen that can damage the portion of the brain that controls body movement and mobility.

A stroke left Thanh, a 65-year-old farmer in the hills of Vietnam, with paralysis on his right side.

In Vietnam, a woman pushes her husband in a wheelchair after he lost mobility to a stroke.

Thanh can no longer speak, and he is barely able to swallow food anymore.

His wife, Nhung, has been doing all the farming on her own ever since. Their two children are unable to help, having moved to different regions in order to find work.

Nhung splits her time between laboring in the rice fields and taking care of Thanh. Before she leaves for work, Nhung ties her husband to his bed to make sure that he doesn’t fall out and hurt himself.

She wept as she told us this. But that isn't the end of their story.

Read more of Thanh's story on our blog.