Haiti 2014

Will scanned a patient's leg, so that we could make a custom prosthesis forher back in the U.S.
Will scanned a patient’s leg, so that we could make a custom prosthesis for her back in the U.S.

James worked with Mark and Love a Child Ministries for our first trip to Haiti in February of 2014.  Love a Child Ministries has a compound in ?, Haiti, where it houses persons with disabilities from the earthquake of 2010.  Mark, a prosthetist and orthotist of Indiana, felt the call to serve these amputees, and he partnered with James and New Life with Limbs to do his initial trip.  In October of 2013, Mark and fellow prosthetist Wil traveled to the Love a Child compound to meet the people they would be serving.  They measured 15 amputees who lived at the compound, scanning their legs into the CAD software.  This allowed them to bring the patient’s measurements back to the states, so that we could make the prostheses in our home shops.

February was the month of preparation for the trip.  Prosthetic

The mid-fabrication stack of supplies and prostheses as we prepared for the trip.
The mid-fabrication stack of supplies and prostheses as we prepared for the trip.

Solutions of Indiana donated their facilities to allow volunteers and prosthetists work together to make all 15 limbs.  Foam covers were constructed for the legs, due to the importance of cosmetics in the Haitian culture.  Everything came together just in time for the trip!

James fit an prosthetic arm to a patient. He quickly learned how to use it! Praise the Lord!
James fit an prosthetic arm to a patient. He quickly learned how to use it! Praise the Lord!

The team for the February trip was James, our senior prosthetist; Mark, a prosthetist and orthotist; a prosthetic student, and a nurse.  They traveled to Haiti, packing their bags full of prostheses and prosthetic supplies.  At the compound, they were able to meet the amputees that they had been working so hard for.  One by one the amputees came to the clinic on the compound, and one by one they walked away, smiling and carrying their crutches.  Thanks be to God!  All the fittings went well, and the patients were happy with the prostheses they had been provided.