Barr Foundation and TracerCad Aid Amputees
Fourteen amputees, mostly landmine victims, received prosthetic assistance during the second phase of the Barr Foundation's ongoing program in the Central American country of Honduras. An estimated 200,000 landmines are still active in the region, according to Anthony "Tony" Barr, president.
As part of a Barr Foundation/TracerCad joint venture, 12 transfemoral and two transtibial amputees aged 17-89 were traced and scanned March 1. The donated TracerCad computer system was utilized by TracerCad veteran Jan Saunders, LPO, ABC Prosthetics and Orthotics, Orlando, Florida. Assisting were Eddy Fuentes, CPO, Shriners Childrens Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, and his brother Julio, a prosthetist from Guatemala. Each patient was scanned in 12-15 minutes, Barr added.
Once the sockets are finished, they will be shipped to Honduras, fitted and modified as needed, and donated components will be assembled to complete the prostheses. Saunders is fabricating the prostheses at his central fabrication facility, Orthotics & Prosthetics Fabrication, at no cost to the pilot program.
Attending a reception celebrating the successful rehabilitation of another 12 amputees in an earlier effort were Honduran government officials, members of the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa, the Comite por Ayuda, San Felipe Hospital staff, and news media representatives. The Barr Foundation, a USA-based nonprofit organization, has provided successful prosthetic rehabilitation to 30 amputees in this region and to nearly 600 amputees worldwide since 1996.