This project will supply artificial limbs and critical rehabilitative services to kids from Texas and other countries whose families are unable to pay for prosthetics and therapy.
Limb loss for a child can be devastating especially if a family lacks resources to assist with obtaining prosthetic equipment and physical/occupational therapy to help them achieve mobility. Many prosthetics require replacement and adjustment as children grow. Costs including therapy can balloon up to $4000 annually which is a severe financial burden for many families. We currently serve 137 patients with prosthetic devices and of these, 74% of their families lack the ability to pay for care.
Shriners Houston Hospital manufactures our own prosthetic devices which gives us the unique ability to produce and assess devices in one place to better serve our children. These prosthetic devices range from a foot or hand to a full arm or leg and require ongoing therapy to prepare children to use their prosthetic device in their every-day lives. As our children grow, we continue to care for their prosthetic and therapy needs regardless of their families' ability to pay.
In the last five years, we have assisted prosthetic patients through 2,740 new and return visits. We have also help over 300 unique patients achieve mobility and return home to their families and friends. Several patients have also become Houston Hospital Ambassadors and inspire others with similar conditions to succeed.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Shriners Houston Hospital Devin's Interview
Shriners Houston Hospital Prosthetics Help Kids
Shriners Houston Hospital Board of Governors
Shriners Houston Hospital Leadership