Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, presented Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia with a shipment of used prosthetic limbs worth $750,000, on November 12. According to myFoxdc.com, Cuisia said that American physicians have already performed more than 75 amputations since arriving in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country on November 8.
Donations will continue to be collected at its ten branch offices through December 31. Ability now aims to collect $2.5 million worth of used limbs, up from the original goal of $750,000. Ottobock, based in Duderstadt, Germany, is also joining the effort. The prostheses will be donated to Physicians for Peace, a Norfolk, Virginia-based international humanitarian organization that provides healthcare supplies and services to underserved populations.
The following Ability P&O locations are accepting donations:
- Exton, Hanover, Mechanicsburg, and York, Pennsylvania.
- Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland.
- Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh, North Carolina.
- Greenville, South Carolina.