Mosha the elephant was just seven months old when she stepped on a landmine along the Thai-Myanmar border 10 years ago. She was rushed to a hospital run by the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in Lampang province in northern Thailand, but they couldn't save her leg, and it had to be amputated.

Two years later, surgeon Therdchai Jivacate gave her a prosthetic leg – and a whole new life. As she has grown, he has continued designing bigger and stronger prosthetic legs for her. Mosha weighed only 600kg when she was given her first artificial limb, but she now weighs more than 2,000kg. "The way she walked was unbalanced and her spine was going to bend," Therdchai, 72, said of Mosha before receiving her latest leg. "She would have died."

Reuters' photojournalist Athit Perawongmetha visited the hospital to see Mosha and another elephant having their lives transformed.

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Staff at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation fit Mosha with a prosthetic legAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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Mosha has a prosthetic leg fittedAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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Doctor Therdchai Jivacate watches as Mosha tries out a prosthetic legAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters

The Thai-Myanmar border is still dotted with landmines left over from clashes between ethnic-minority rebels and the Myanmar army dating back decades.

Motola is another elephant whose leg had to amputated thanks to a landmine explosion. She too has been fitted with a prosthetic leg.

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Staff prepare Motola to have her prosthetic leg attachedAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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Motola, an elephant that was injured by a landmine, has her prosthetic leg attachedAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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Motola, an elephant that was injured by a landmine, wears her prosthetic leg at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in Lampang, ThailandAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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A close-up of one of Motola's eyesAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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A close-up of Motola's prosthetic legAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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Elephants' prosthetic legs are seen on a table at the hospitalAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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Boonyu Thippaya and a member of his team adjust a prosthetic leg for an elephantAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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Boonyu Thippaya works on a prosthetic leg for an elephantAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
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Mosha (left) and Motola, two elephants that were injured by landmines, stand at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in LampangAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Founded in 1993, the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation hospital was the world's first elephant hospital and currently has 17 patients.