For nearly a decade, Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. has been collecting donated prosthetic limbs and components. The company’s eleven patient care centers serve as drop off points for the donated limbs. Ability then partners with non-profit groups and organizations from local communities to “disassemble” the prosthetics for inventory and shipping. All usable pieces are shipped to Prosthetic Hope International. The mission of Prosthetic Hope International is to provide rehabilitation care for people who need prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) services by developing, operating, or supporting P&O clinics; by networking with other NGO’s; and by partnering individuals in need with service providers all over the world. The donated parts help those in countries such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines.
Washington, DC- Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. of Exton, Pa recently made a limb donation to the Philippines. The limb drive took place across Ability’s 10 patient care offices, which predated the recent earthquake and typhoon, was in conjunction with the film Rescue in the Philippines to say “thank you” to the Philippine nation for opening their doors during WWII to thousands of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. Ability collects old, unused prosthetic limbs every two years with this year focusing on the Philippines. The recent disaster has only magnified the need for artificial limbs in the Philippines.
“My grandfather not only lost a limb in the Philippines during WWII but was held captive in a Japanese prison camp during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines,” explains Jeffrey Brandt, CEO & Founder of Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, “I am proud to be affiliated with the film Rescue in the Philippines- it’s a great example of transformational leadership which we can all stand to put in practice these days.”
Prior to the screening of the film on Tuesday evening in the Cannon Building Caucas room, Brandt made the limb presentation to the Philippine Ambassador, Jose Cuisia. Ambassador Cuisia had already reported that he personally knew of dozens of amputations that had already occured since the typhoon hit late last week. Brandt has extended the current limb drive through the end of 2013 with any additional limbs collected going to the Philippines. You can visit Ability’s website at www.abilitypo.com to learn more about how to donate prosthetic limbs.