Lives changed year to date

As of March 31st the total impact of recent donations in February provided funds for five more amputees to walk again. Their new limbs will allow five people to begin to rebuild their lives. Furthermore, these five, with their new found dignity, spirit, and independence, will impact the lives of dozens of others, in their homes and communities, in positive ways.  Four of these recipients had amputations above the knee, and one had an amputation below the knee. 

Since the beginning of this year generous donations have provided funds for 17 new prosthetic limbs, all of which have already been manufactured and fitted to the patients. 

The causes of these amputations of patients fitted this year were as follows:

  • Side effects of diabetes: 4
  • Traffic accidents: 4
  • Tumor/Cancer: 3
  • Accident “other”: 4
  • Congenital: 1
  • Infection: 1
  • Industrial accident: 0

And a few other interesting statistics:

  • Youngest patient: 3
  • Oldest patient: 73
  • Males: 14
  • Females: 3

Since the opening day in January 2011, our partner in Bolivia, FUNPROBO, has worked with over 340 amputees, and many have had to return for a replacement of their prosthetic leg,  Bolivians walk extensively and so their legs only last a few years.

Note that there are always ever more prosthetic legs to build and provide.  Not only is our partner in Bolivia the only non-governmental clinic in all of Bolivia exclusively serving low-income amputees, but they are also providing more prosthetic limbs then any other clinic, public or private, in the entire country — COMBINED.  So continuing donations are essential – to make yours, donate now.

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