On March 25, Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, presented more than 75 prosthetic limbs in good condition to Raymond Joseph, Haitian Ambassador to the United States, thanks to donations to the company’s franchise-wide limb drive.
Ability has been collecting the limbs since shortly after the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12. Donors generally dropped off limbs at Ability’s clinics in Pennsylvania and Maryland, but according to the company, others sent in items from as far away as California and New York. Because of U.S. law, these limbs cannot be reused within the United States. Ability estimates that purchased new, the limbs would range in price from $8,000 to $25,000 each.
The hand-over took place at the National Press Club (NPC) Ballroom as part of the NPC’s program, “Haiti: Past, Present and Future.” Ability Vice President and co-owner Jeffrey Quelet, CPO, made the donation.