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