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February 22, 2010

Hanger Partners to Launch Haitian Amputee Coalition

The US-based Hanger Orthopedic Group and other medical bodies have entered into an agreement to establish a long-term prosthetic and rehabilitation centre on-site at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer (HAS), 60 miles from Port-au-Prince on the earthquake-devastated island of Haiti. The Hang

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The US-based Hanger Orthopedic Group and other medical bodies have entered into an agreement to establish a long-term prosthetic and rehabilitation centre on-site at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer (HAS), 60 miles from Port-au-Prince on the earthquake-devastated island of Haiti.

The Hanger Ivan R Sabel Foundation has partnered with Physicians for Peace, Harold & Kayrita Anderson Family Foundation and Shepherd Center MD Donald Peck Leslie to launch the Haitian Amputee Coalition.

A mobile prosthetic care unit donated by Otto Bock Healthcare will serve those who are unable to be transported to HAS.

The centre will be staffed by prosthetic experts from Hanger Orthopedic Group and Physicians for Peace, along with local Haitian medical professionals.

Hanger practice manager John “Jay” Tew, CP has volunteered to serve a three-month term at HAS as lead prosthetist for the coalition’s patient care delivery.

More than 8,000lb of prosthetic fabrication equipment and machinery have been shipped to Deschapelles with an additional 5,000lb to be on the ground.

The centre is expected to be functional by the end of February.

The Haitian Amputee Coalition also plans to create a training programme to educate local Haitians to become prosthetic practitioners and technicians for the provision of long-term care in Haiti.

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