Five (5) more amputees to receive prosthetic limbs from the ‘Keep Walking Association’, in collaboration with the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), in their effort to give all amputees on the island the freedom of easy mobility.
Justin Letang from Mahaut, Bill Talbert Bellevue Chopin, Mark Francoise from Paix Bouche, Eugenia Frampton from St. Joseph and Ettinese Alexis from Portsmouth, will receive their prosthetics in September 2016.
These persons will join seventeen locals already fitted with prosthetics since December 2015, according to DAPD director Nathalie Murphy.
“December last year we had our first project where we assisted five persons with prosthetic legs, that has since been extended to April this year, where another ten were assisted.”
According to Mrs. Murphy, the plan is to cover the entire island providing prosthetic mobility aid to amputees.
“We really want to develop a pool and to have a list of persons who are in need of this service, of this mobility because people who have benefited will tell you it has made a huge difference in their lives.”
Keep Walking Association was founded by Marc Heli, his younger brother Boris Helie and friend Benoit Lopez, who are all amputees.
Helie said “We have created this association in France especially for Dominica amputee people…we don’t work in another country”.
The prosthetic legs are available to amputees who have above or below the knee amputations. A workspace in Mero has been secured where the prosthetics are currently being made locally.
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