Mobile Workshop Sponsored by Rotary Club, Chennai Mambalam
Physically handicapped persons form the lion’s share of the nearly 10 per cent handicapped people throughout the world. A sizeable number of these are amputees. The numbers are variable, but there are statistics which estimate that 7 out of 1,000 population are amputees and in addition, each year, an additional 25,000 people lose their limbs in India due to diabetes, accidents and other hazards.
LIMB FITTING PROCESS
In order to get back to mobility, the amputee needs to be fit with a customized limb or prosthesis. Application of the principles of prosthetic fitting is a very scientific process and involves the assessment by a rehabilitation team, measurement and fitment by a prosthetic engineer.
Measurements need to be taken and the appliance is customized to the user, and cannot be mass produced. The limbs wear out depending on the usage and need to be replaced from time to time. Sometimes a person who has been using an artificial limb is unable to use it when his prosthesis wears out and becomes irreparable.
FREEDOM TRUST will conduct special camps only for limb fitting at various towns and villages all over India, and enable the amputees to walk with their newly fitted limbs. A van specially fitted with all equipment or materials to manufacture limbs and manned by a limb fitting team tours the villages. Amputees from surrounding villages are brought to the venue. Qualified prosthetic technicians will take the measurements for the limbs, fabricate the socket and will be distributed to the beneficiaries free of cost. A qualified physiotherapist trains the amputees to take care of the limb, the stump and gives exercises for balance and gait [training component].