With last year’s earthquake tragedy in Haiti sparking a dire need for prosthetic limbs for amputee victims, members of a local amputee support group are taking time away from their own personal tragedies to help amputees in need in Haiti and around the world.
In a joint effort, the York County Amputee Coalition and Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc have been collecting used prosthetic limbs for donation. These limbs will be distributed through the Physicians for Peace network of “Walking Free” partners in countries such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines, where they will make a profound difference in the lives of others.
On Wednesday, Mar. 16th the donated prosthetic limbs will be prepared and packaged by members of the York Amputee Coalition and the staff of Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics’ York, PA office, which is located at 960 S. George St. The limbs will then be shipped to Physicians for Peace, an international, humanitarian, non-profit, medical education organization dedicated to building peace and international friendships in developing nations. .
The donation drive in York, PA is the latest in a series of limb drives Ability has conducted this year. To date, over 100 prosthetic limbs have been collected, with a value in excess of $750,000. Because of U.S. law, these limbs cannot be reused within the United States. Purchased new, the limbs would range in price from $6,000 – $20,000 each.
“Physicians for Peace is so thankful for the support of companies like Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics,” said Brig. Gen. Ron Sconyers (USAF, Ret.), the president and CEO of Physicians for Peace. “Each patient who benefit from the gift of a prosthetic limb has a renewed opportunity for a productive life in school, on the job and with their families and friends. Each donation makes a world of difference.”