Prosthetics Project

Out on a Limb Prosthetics

JOSEPHJoseph, a 13 year old Masai boy, born missing three limbs, both arms and one leg, was six when he was brought to Living Water Children’s Centre, an orphanage in Tanzania. Joseph’s family are Masai. The males in the family are expected to care for and herd cows, hunt and demonstrate physical strength to provide for the family. Joseph was unable to carry out many of the expectations of a young Masai male and was shunned by his family. Once he arrived at Living Water Children’s Centre, Joseph demonstrated amazing resilience, perseverance and determination. He thrived and learned to compensate for his disability by working harder and tolerating physical and emotional challenges as a result of his limitations. Joseph’s dream was to “have arms and legs just like other kids.” Supported by donations from LWCCF, Joseph and his escort were flown to NY. Joseph was fitted for prosthetics, both arms and his leg. A month later he returned to Tanzania, his dream had come true. For the first time in his 13 years, Joseph was able to pick up a donut with his new hand and place it in his mouth. When asked how pleased he was with his new prosthetics, Joseph spread his new arms as wide as he was able and stated, “This much!”

 

prosthetic_joseph_2New board member Robert Shulman, and his team from Allied Prosthetics, provided the support and expertise to give Joseph his new arms and leg, a new level of confidence and a new lease on life. Upon completion of this project, Robert announced that he was ready to volunteer his time and expertise by providing prosthetics for other children missing limbs. A four mile walk  on Long Beach LI has been planned to raise the funds which will support this project. At this time, candidates are being identified in Haiti, many of whom have lost limbs as a result of the earthquake. With the anticipated financial support of LWCCF, Rob and his team are planning to travel to Haiti on two occasions. The first visit will be to assess and measure each candidate. The prosthetics will be made at Alliance Orthopedics in NY and delivered and fitted on a second visit. Providing prosthetics to children and adults missing limbs, will offer enrich lives and allow for greater opportunities otherwise unavailable.

 

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