Salvadoran Hands Will Bring Hope to Haitian Earthquake Amputees

Salvadoran Hands Will Bring Hope to Haitian Earthquake Amputees

By Dialogo
March 04, 2010

Six young Salvadoran volunteers with expertise in making prosthetic limbs
will bring hope to hundreds of Haitians who lost a limb in the earthquake that
devastated that impoverished Caribbean country in January.

The technicians, who are traveling to Port-au-Prince Wednesday, will spend
the next few months as part of a mission supported by the non-governmental
organizations Handicap International and Healing Hands for Haiti, working to help
those mutilated in the tragedy recover their mobility.

The young people have degrees in orthopedics and prosthetics from Don Bosco
University (UDB), an institution located in a semi-rural sector of the municipality
of Soyapango, on the northeastern edge of San Salvador and notorious for the strong
gang presence in its numerous neighborhoods.

“After seeing how difficult and precarious conditions are in Haiti and
hearing the international cable-news channels start to mention that thirty, forty,
and even one hundred amputations were being performed daily, we coordinated with the
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)” to offer help, the dean of UDB’s School of
Rehabilitation Sciences, José Rolando Martínez, told EFE.

He calculated that the group of Salvadorans will build around three hundred
prosthetic limbs in their mission in that country. Although initial plans are for
the Salvadorans to work for three months, Martínez affirmed that the mission “can be
extended as necessary.”

According to current plans, this group of young people will be replaced in
three months by another Salvador team, and the rotation will continue as long as