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L4L Sue Wilson

Sue Wilson, an elementary principal from Longview, Texas, traveled with LIMBS International as part of our Learning for LIMBS program.

Here is her story.

The trip to the Dominican Republic has been one of learning about LIMBS International, the people of the country, the altruistic work of ILAC Mission and the beauty of people everywhere. While the country is beautiful,…

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La Paz

On March 31to April 14, 2012 the LIMBS International team returned to La Paz Bolivia for a follow up visit with its partnership the Rotary International chapter of El Rotary club La Paz San Pedro. 

The new location of their Prosthetic clinic “Centro de Miembros Atificiales” was the main focus of our trip. We were accompanied by new volunteers Mr. Andrew Reimer, C.P. a…

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Breaking Stigma in Kenya

The LIMBS Polycentric Knee can revolutionize lives, both of the amputee and those around them.

In Primary school, many Kenyan children are taught that offspring come from the knees. Therefore, anyone who loses their leg above the knee cannot have children.  This belief continues on into adulthood. So not only does an above-knee (AK) amputee have to deal with his or her new limits…

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Peter Mbuvi

Peter lives in the Eastern Province of Kenya. He is married to his beautiful wife, Rebecca, and they have a very intelligent one and a half year old boy, Kelvin, who constantly tries to “fix” his father’s knee.  Peter is currently working as a temporary casual worker for the government, but…

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Victor Rimba

Victor lives in the Coast Province of Kenya. He is also married to a beautiful woman, Linet. This past November, they celebrated the birth of their first born son, Vincent. Victor works as a grounds man to support his growing family.

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CDD Patient Update

Mr. Jahangir is a 41 year old man with a right leg amputation. He is married and has a seven year old daughter. Ten years ago, while working in Dhaka as a covered truck driver, he was involved in a traffic accident that crushed his right leg. As is often the case in Bangladesh, he did not receive appropriate medical treatment, and his leg continued to deteriorate.   

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December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays from LIMBS International! We hope you have had a healthy and happy holiday season.

Recently, one of our patients from Bolvia was interviewed by the Guardian, a newspaper in the United Kingdom. The article is titled: Global development voices: Living with disabilities. Our patient Teddy was interviewed, and while neither our partnering clinic or our knee is…

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February 17, 2012

Patient Update from AIC-CURE in Kenya:

Mutuka was just 13 years old when his left leg began to hurt. By May 2011, he was no longer able to walk or play soccer with his friends. In July 2011, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and doctors decided to amputate his leg. For two months he was unable to attend school. Once he regained the necessary strength to continue his education, he had…

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November 14, 2011

Last week I was in El Paso as I was selected to be the 2011 Outstanding Ex for my high school, Austin. It was an honor to celebrate homecoming with them, as it was 30 years ago that I graduated from Austin High. I also spent two days at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), my undergraduate alma mater. It was great to reconnect with UTEP engineering faculty and see all the tremendous…

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November 18, 2011

Last week, I had the opportunity to lead the LIMBS Committee in Kenya in an ongoing discussion regarding the evaluation procedure of the LIMBS M1 polycentric knee. The evaluation will involve 15 volunteer above-knee amputees being fitted with the knee. These individuals will fill out questionnaires and provide LIMBS and our partnering clinicians feedback on how the knee performs in the field.…

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October 31, 2011

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a National Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The purpose of the conference was to provide a place for individuals involved in various initiatives from around the country to meet, share stories, encourage each other, and receive training for their community work. I was invited to speak to 500 attendees and propose our growing LIMBS&nbs…

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October 4, 2011

I arrived in Kenya at the beginning of September to work as the eyes and ears of LIMBS International for a year. All travels went smoothly and God has been showing Himself in amazing ways, such as my entire luggage making it to Kenya on my flight.

During the coming year I hope to improve communications between the work being done in Kenya and the United States. Also, I will be running…

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October 15, 2011

 

This week a new prototype of the LIMBS Foot is being tested at a research facility in Dallas. The results of this test will provide a clear view on the direction that the design of the LIMBS Foot will take. This foot has been designed in accordance with the LIMBS mission and commitment to good bio-mechanical performance, low cost, and local sustainability in the developing world.…

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September 29, 2011

The Learning for LIMBS initiative is getting off the ground this week with our first presentation at the Student Leadership Conference held at Letourneau University. This conference is put on by Longview ISD and is open to schools throughout East Texas. I will be introducing our Learning for LIMBS program to all the students who are in attendance.

 The program is designed to give…

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Socket Research in Bolivia

Meagan Vaughan, LIMBS Research Associate and PhD student at The University of Texas at Austin, is currently in the middle of a weeklong visit to Centro de Miembros Artificiales in La Paz, Bolivia. The purpose of this visit is to continue her work on a low-cost, volume adjustable prosthetic socket that, based on interviews with patients and staff at CMA, is greatly needed. 

Her PhD…

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LIMBS DR Trip

The LIMBS International staff recently completed a Technology Certification Workshop (TCW) in the Dominican Republic (DR). Our partner clinic in the DR had two individuals who received training from the LIMBS staff over the course of the week. Prior to the arrival of the LIMBS team in the DR, LIMBS' partnering organization in the DR had already received a shipping container with all of the…

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