Donate to our 2016 Holiday Drive to help fund the revolutionary, new LIMBS IM Relief Knee
For the past three years, our engineering team has been working diligently to perfect the new, patented IM (Injection-Molded) LIMBS Relief Knee – a revolutionary, ultra low-cost prosthetic device designed for mass production.
Our new LIMBS knee features more current affordable technologies to drastically increase its durable, functionality, and cosmetic appeal than previous versions, including a protective kneecap that will look more natural under a patient’s clothes and make it easier to kneel.
We are now ready to produce the IM Relief Knee using an injection-molded manufacturing process that will greatly speed up production, provide a much higher quality, allowing LIMBS to increase fittings from hundreds per year to tens of thousands annually.
We only need $50,000 to help us complete the funding for the entire first phase of the project.
The Process: After investigating qualified manufacturing firms from around the world, LIMBS will partner with a company to make the molds. LIMBS engineers will analyze and test the molded parts to make sure they meet all the specifications for mass manufacturing while maintaining high quality standards. Subsequently, there will be an initial run of approximately 500 knees using an injection-molding process featuring Delrin, a strong Dupont resin. Then each knee will be hand-assembled using special stainless steel hardware and rechecked for quality control. The finished knees will be the key component in the popular LIMBox (our complete prosthetic leg system), and distributed by LIMBS and other NGO relief organizations.
These injection-molds will allow LIMBS to make the five key parts for up to 100,000 Relief Knees, which computes to only fifty cents per knee! We need your help to fund this grand endeavor so we can give the gift of mobility – and life – to desperate amputees around the world.
LIMBS needs to raise $50,000 between now and January 1, 2017. LIMBS International is a nonprofit 501(c3) organization (U.S. EIN #27-4334121) –– so your donation is 100% tax deductible.
You can make a difference – and we’ll be diligent to assure that this bold initiative is a great success.
You can either donate now using a credit card - or you can send us a check:
LIMBS International, Inc. • 417 Indian Bluff Road, El Paso, Texas 79912
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, poverty is everywhere and there is so much need. On the first day of our stay, we visited a hospital and I was astounded by the number of people needing medical care and the mass chaos of the hospital. People were going to and fro and it seemed no one was in control, however, Riccardo Gonzales and Trevor Bergman made a positive connection with the Administrator for the Prosthetic Department in an effort to continue their working relationship. LIMBS fitted two gentlemen with knees today.
One man was in his mid 40´s and was once a roofer. He fell on the job and broke his ankle and since he was diabetic and the ankle never healed, the infected leg had to be amputated. He cannot find a construction job and tried selling fruit on the street but they shut him down because he did not have a permit. The permit is $200.00 and he is not able to afford that, so there is a ´ripple effect´ when these injuries occur.
The second young man was 35 and lost his leg when he was just 9 years old. He was using a machete in the field and cut his leg. Again the leg got infected and he lost his leg almost up to the hip. He has had an artificial leg for the past 16 years but it was wooden, heavy and too short. Riccardo and the prosthetist here, Ranvier fitted him with a new light weight knee and you should have seen the look on his face. He put his hands in the air as if he had just won the Olympics and was smiling from ear to ear. He is a barber by trade and had a fabulous spirit and wonderful attitude. His smile was wonderful. Monday is a day I will never forget.
Father Bill, the priest at the mission, ILAC Mission, has a true giving heart and a wonderful new friend. He is down to earth and has connections with his neighborhood and the people here. What a tremendous partnership LIMBS has with this man of God and ILAC Mission. He states we are all made in the image and likeness of God and we are very good (Genesis 1 31). His campaign is Show Your Goodness.
On Tuesday, the team worked at the ILAC Mission satellite prosthetic lab refining parts, refitting and adjusting existing knees and making further connections. Two patients were seen and cared for by the team. So much of LIMBS success is through building relationships with the hospitals, administrators and the people.
Wednesday, we traveled to the capital city Santo Domingo to visit a hospital there. The director of the prosthetic lab and the men who make the artificial knees were impressed with the LIMBS knee. At first they were all skeptical but as they examined the knee, saw it our patient Ramon, their attitudes went from an attitude of why are we here, to absolute joy to, when can we get this! They were impressed with the knee and know they can help more people because of cost and quality of the LIMBS Knee. The city was full of history and as beautiful and complex as the people.
Thursday, is our last full day in the Dominican Republic and at the Mission ILAC. Because of the partnerships of the mission, hospitals, people and prosthetic technicians, this has been a trip full of awesome experiences. Although work at the mobile prosthetic lab continues today, I am filled with bitter sweet emotions as I know we will leave this country tomorrow morning. A country filled with abundant beauty and tremendous need.
Sue Wilson, Principal Hudson PEP, Longview ISD, Longview, Texas
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 certified Prosthetist from Canada and Mr. Carlos Guaman, a Bolivian Prosthetist from Cochabamba, Bolivia and Dr. Jennifer Lucarveric, a physical therapist from California. We also had the talents of a film crew from Biola University in California and Ms. Angela Klempner, a professional photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. We saw a total of 39 patients for clinical follow-ups and 12 new patients. Of the 12 new patients we were able to deliver three completed new prosthesis with our LIMBS Knee. Dr. Lucarveric instructed four visiting Bolivian physical therapist in advance gait training and pre prosthetic management of amputees. The film crew and photographer recorded a soccer match between the patients and the LIMBS staff definitely a high light of the trip.
Centro de Miembros Artificiales (CMA) is a prosthetic center dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality prosthetic limbs that can be made in Bolivia using locally available materials as well as local technicians and then providing those prosthetics to any and all low income Bolivians at a very low or zero cost. CMA is located in the capital city, La Paz, in Bolivia. You can find more information about this center and how you can support them on their web site: www.rotaryboliviaprosthetics.org, or following them on twitter: twitter.com/#!/mattslegs