Limbs of Freedom, a project to fabricate limbs for individuals with amputations in Baja California, Mexico, provided new limbs to three people at a clinic October 24-26, in Ensenada, Mexico. In addition, ten other individuals with amputations had major revisions and repairs made to the prosthetic limbs they had received at prior clinics. The Limbs of Freedom project is a joint effort between the Rotary Club of Coronado, California, and the Club Rotario Calafia-Ensenada. The Barr Foundation donated more than $4,000 worth of prosthetics products for this clinic.
Hector Sanchez, a 45-year-old man with diabetes, underwent a transtibial amputation in January 2014. He is a pharmacy technician, and stated that his new prosthetic limb would allow him to return to work and support his family, including a six-year-old daughter.
Oscar Juarez, a 52-year-old man with diabetes, underwent a transfemoral amputation eight months ago. His new prosthesis will allow him to return to full employment in refrigeration equipment sales and to fully support his family.
Noe Gomez, a 48-year-old man with diabetes, underwent a transfemoral amputation in 2012. With the aid of crutches, he has continued to work as a full-time bartender. His new prosthetic limb will make his work easier and allow him the mobility to be active with his family.
Volunteering at the clinic were Herb Barrack, CPO; Gerardo Guzman, CP; Felix Marquez, CP; Boo Marquez, O&P technician; Seth Lutsk, O&P resident; and Bob Spear, MD.