Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics is teaming up with Physicians for Peace to collect used prosthetics.
"Currently, we're doing a donation where we're actually contacting the public to have them bring in their prosthetic devices that they're no longer using," said John Jacobs, a certified prosthetic orthotist with Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Each donated prosthesis is broken down into smaller pieces and then shipped out to the
"It's an undeserved area," Jacobs said. "A lot of the patients there who are amputees would never have an opportunity to be fit with a type of knee like this. They might have a very simplistic knee, and this gives them the opportunity to be fitted with something that's state of the art."
According to the World Health Organization, 30 percent of people with disabilities in the
"Prosthetic devices are very expensive," Jacobs said. "Typically in most of those countries, patients don't have the insurance, and the devices can still be utilized for many more years. A lot of times people don't have access to these devices in third world countries."
Many people don't have access to prosthetic devices because those at ability say they can cost around $15,000.
"We deal with patients here in the
Jacobs hopes the donation drive will help more people in the
The donation drive runs through the end of November. You can donate prosthetics at the offices in
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