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This Carpenter Builds Crutches For Children. Now It’s His Turn To Walk. | Short Film Showcase ctm magazine

David Miti is a double amputee who works as a carpenter hand-making devices for children with disabilities.
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David Miti was born in 1966 in Zambia’s Eastern province where he built a career as a truck driver and a carpenter. Then, at age 34, his life changed forever. “The day started with a fever,” Miti recalls. “I went to a hospital and got medicine, but after I went home I discovered a blister on my left leg. Then after some hours there was another blister on the other leg. Then my legs turned black.” Mr. Miti was diagnosed with gangrene, a condition in which body tissue dies due to a lack of blood supply. To save Miti’s life, doctors had to amputate both legs. “It pained me” says Miti. “I nearly committed suicide. I thought that my life had ended.” But it hadn’t. Instead, Miti found an opportunity to leverage his disability by giving back to those in similar positions to him. Miti started working for the Zambian Association for Children with Disabilities, where he uses his carpentry skills to build devices for disabled children. Now, he has the opportunity to walk thanks to a pair of prosthetic legs. Filmmaker Austin Meyer documents Miti’s first steps in this short film.

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This Carpenter Builds Crutches For Children. Now It’s His Turn To Walk. | Short Film Showcase

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  • JIGA BACHI on June 23, 2019

    Blessed his soul and the best of luck to him. He truly deserves all the good he can get.👏👍😊

  • MeGbL GaMeS on June 23, 2019

    في عرب ؟؟؟؟

  • Dexy Studio on June 24, 2019

    Am from Zambia too 👋

  • Susan Diane Howell on June 24, 2019

    We are the temple of God; and the light of His countenance shines upon us and within us.

    "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

    – Corinthians 3:16

  • Force on June 24, 2019

    Thank you Jesus ❤️

  • Anne Argo-Davies on June 24, 2019

    Possible, all things with God are possible, for him it has come to be.

  • Moein Ashrafalsadat on June 24, 2019
  • Zen Noxa on June 24, 2019

    He's a legend. Good on you mate

  • Ayush on June 24, 2019

    The 15 people who disliked are truely suffering from mind-disability…

  • Ricardo Harris on June 24, 2019

    that film brought tears to my eyes… the power of god!

  • Mboh Karep on June 24, 2019

    This is the most wholesome video ever.

  • Nasima Handicraft Design on June 24, 2019

    Big Like..joined your Channel here hope you back thanks 💝🌷🔔👉

  • black ace on June 24, 2019

    God Bless him

  • Laniakea on June 24, 2019

    This carpenter in Zambia speaks English better than 70% of PhD students in my country.

  • National Geographic on June 24, 2019

    David Miti's life changed forever when he lost both legs. What part of David's story intrigues you the most?

  • KIM on June 24, 2019

    I wonder who are this people who dislike the story, its inspirational good job mr carpenter

  • Kraig Martin on June 25, 2019

    That is a Blessing I'm an AMPUTEE also left leg above the knee 44 years.I keep my head up and move forward however my ankle and back pain stops me from walking even a block.

  • Gary Kerwin on June 25, 2019

    I may not believe in God but I do believe in the good things believing in him brings

    Ps I don't believe in "the devil " either ooooh so spooky

    PSs? I'm not a Satanist

  • Gary Kerwin on June 25, 2019

    I've notice some people only truly car about something when it happens to them it's ironic anyways he still a good guy in my book for what he does or did years from now if you know what I mean 😉

  • Fra Bar on June 25, 2019

    Being an amputee of both my legs, I know that the trust and faith I have is in the Lord Christ Jesus. I may still use a wheelchair here and there, but I do have prosthetic legs and can drive. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us

  • karl chandran on June 26, 2019

    I am inspired and moved by David's journey. Out of something so tragic and unfortunate, he was able to become something more.

  • Sintu Pandit on June 27, 2019

    Good job, he enjoys his life fully positive way.

  • Usha Ganesh on June 30, 2019

    The optimist

  • Kendra English on July 3, 2019


  • Baker Kawesa on July 5, 2019

    Puts my life into perspective

  • Leo Pappas on July 16, 2019

    And i complain when my feet get tired…

  • Olga Pagan on July 23, 2019

    I wasn't expecting to cry. He has some strong words of wisdom and thank you sir!!! YOU have inspired me. I complaint too much for being struck with an incurable disease. I still have not accept it and it's why I'm stuck. Thank you!!! I can now move!!!

  • Eilie Hallak on July 28, 2019

    "let it be, the way it supposed to be"

  • Periquita Tupi on August 22, 2019

    It's amazing !!

  • Gagandeepdawar on December 22, 2019

    BRAVO 🎗

  • Gary Booker on May 17, 2020

    What a blessing to one who has been a blessing to so many others.

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