Landmine Survivors Network
Contact Us Search Home Give to LSN
LSN helps landmine victims get legs, get jobs, and get on with their lives.
Who We Are What We Do Where We Work Survior Stories News Inside LSN

Tell a Friend about LSN
Survivor Stories
Mara Radic - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mara Radic, a 55 year-old Bosnian woman, was injured when her village was bombed during the war. Five others from her village were injured in the shelling, and one was killed. The military rescued the five who were injured, but left Radic for dead because she was unconscious and her leg injury was so severe they didn’t think it was possible for her to be alive. Hours later, an ambulance crew found Radic, treated her, and drove her to the hospital. When she awoke, her leg had been amputated.

It took Radic three years to learn to walk with her prosthesis because of the injuries to her remaining leg. She couldn’t use crutches for a long time either, because of injuries to her hands. She met Zoran, an LSN Outreach Worker, in 2002 and he helped her get a new prosthesis. “Zoran’s visits mean a lot to me because before I felt very isolated and he helped me learn how to use the new prosthesis.” Now Radic can walk so well on her prosthetic leg that she only needs crutches when she is walking up or down the mountain where she lives.

Radic’s husband was killed in the war, and with her grown son married, she moved back home to live with her parents on their farm. Though her injuries prevent her from holding a job outside the home, she is able to help run the farm, and the family lives off of what they grow. "I am able to contribute to my family's income, and for that, I am so grateful. I am not dependent, I am independent."

View the next profile: Mesanovic Ramiz

Less than 10 percent of landmine survivors have access to proper medical care and rehabilitation. Please visit our Donate Now section and see what you can do to help landmine survivors around the world.

Survivors Need Your Help

© Copyright 2006 Landmine Survivors Network. All Rights Reserved.
Questions? Comments? Contact Us!

Bobby WorldWide Approved 508    Bobby WorldWide Approved A