There are approximately 10,000 amputees in Bolivia. However, there are virtually no prosthetic clinics for low income amputees. The sad irony here is that that the low-income segment of the population is most likely to have a limb amputated due to diabetes, traffic and/or work accidents, cancer, and congenital defects.
This project ensures that 50 low-income amputees will receive a prosthetic limb. In addition, these patients will also receive sufficient physical therapy so that they can walk again, secure employment, and support their families. Without the ability to walk, a Bolivian amputee suffers tremendous depression, suicidal thoughts, discrimination, and limited access to any employment opportunities.
Working Bolivian amputees will no longer be confined to their homes, where they feel like a financial and emotional burden to the family. Instead they will be able to hold their heads high in society, pursue their dreams, contribute to their communities, and support their families.
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