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Donating Prosthetic Limbs To Help Amputees In Haiti

5:35 PM, Jun 3, 2010   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC--When Diane Speaker's husband, Richard, passed away, he left her something more than just pictures and 43 years of memories.

"When he was 18, he was in a motorcycle accident. And they tried to save his leg."

But doctors ended up having to amputate his right leg.

He started wearing a prosthetic leg in his 20's, and when he died this past January, Diane did not want the prosthetic to go with him.

"He was a person that didn't want to waste anything, either. So wasting an artificial leg, which is an expensive apparatus, plus all the socks that go with it, you're talking quite a lot of money here."

That's when Diane found Paul at Advanced Prosthetics and Orthotics, and donated Richard's prosthetic leg.

"We'll give it to people who can absolutely use it," says Paul Morton, a certified prosthetist.

Paul had traveled to Haiti after the earthquake, helping amputees get fitted for customized appendages.

"In a good way, the earthquake has exposed that country to the overwhelming need for prosthetic care."

He's going back in October, and hopes to take a bulk shipment of donated prosthetics with him...including Richard's.

"It makes me feel great, and I know it'd make him feel great too," says Diane.

"There's no telling," Paul says about who the limb will go to. "It could be a young kid who had a motorcycle accident, or an older diabetic female patient, who knows!"

You can donate prosthetic limbs to Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics, at 2800 St. Leo's Street in Greensboro. For more information, call them at 336-621-0980.

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