FERRARA. Laura Ruffato is a 20-year-old girl from Ferrara who in 2020 underwent the complete amputation of mid-pelvis and left leg, due to a malignant soft tissue sarcoma. She worked as a seasonal worker, after the intervention at Rizzoli in Bologna she does not work and her income is “limited to the accompanying allowance and civil disability allowance: the prosthesis provided by the ASL has a value of about 7,300 euros , the technology is obsolete, the prosthesis heavy, the foot rigid, the mechanical knee “. To describe these details is herself, launching a collection on the GoFundMe platform to have a better life, “I have overcome the shame” she says on her social profile.
The technology, writes the young woman, in the meantime has improved and there is a prosthesis that has a cost, not covered by ASL, of about 61 thousand euros. Furthermore Laura, due to prolonged treatment with antibiotics, antifungals and chemotherapy, would need dental care that she cannot afford, and rehabilitation in water to mitigate phantom limb pain, with lessons that cost 80 euros per hour.
Here are the reasons for the fundraiser which raised over 5,400 euros in less than two days and was shared more than 1,200 times. It can be reached at https://gf.me/v/gfm/una-protesi-per-laura.