Local Prosthetists Learn About Low-Cost Solutions

POSTED: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 5:10pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 10:18pm

Local prosthetists are working with an international organization to help the wounded restore their ability to walk, one step at a time. 

LIMBS International provides artificial limbs to amputees in developing countries.  It's the first international nonprofit to be headquartered  here in El Paso.

The organization held a seminar at UTEP today to introduce its waterproof prosthetic knee to prosthetists from El Paso, New Mexico, and Mexico. LIMBS hopes to build partnerships with clinics all over the world and share its sophisticated, cost-effective technology.

The hand-made, artificial knee is constructed with inexpensive, durable materials that are widely available in underdeveloped parts of the world -- making prosthetic devices more accessible to the poor. Fabian Calderon, an orthotist and prosthetist, is eager to deliver this prostethic knee to his needy patients.

LIMBS has partnered with UTEP to conduct research and development on campus. UTEL students will also help on various design projects.

LIMBS International has training centers and clinics in many countries including Kenya, India, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

The organization also works with the Wounded Warrior Project to provide its waterproof prosthetics to soldiers. For more information on LIMBS' services, visit their website at http://limbsinternational.org/index.php

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