AFTER his leg was amputated in March because of diabetes, retired schoolteacher Ledua Tagilala thought that was the end of his world.
He thought he would be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.
He didn't have the slightest idea that on his 56th birthday four months later, he would be walking around one of the seven wonders of the world — the Taj Mahal — on his prosthetic leg.
Mr Tagilala came to India at the end of July for his medical treatment.
Coming for his prosthesis wouldn't have been possible if he was not a member of the Fijian Teachers Association while he was working.
He retired last year and was re-engaged by the Ministry of Education as an education officer until January this year when his sickness forced him to give up his job.
In March, Mr Tagilala lost his leg to his battle with diabetes. After his leg was amputated, he went to Tamavua hoping to get his prosthesis from there but he was told it was for those who could not afford it.
Mr Tagilala then approached the association and was told he was eligible for overseas treatment.
His medical treatment at Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon was funded by the association although he had retired earlier this year.
"I am grateful for this new lease of life," he said.
"If I wasn't a member of FTA, I wouldn't have come here for my prosthesis.
"I am forever thankful to them for this provision, even though I am retired, I am still able to come."