By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Over 51 amputees and their families gathered at the HelpAge Belize compound today Sunday, for the Belize Association for Persons with diverse Abilities’ prosthetic clinic.
Through the clinic, held through a collaboration between BAPDA and Prosthetic Hope International, amputees are evaluated to see if they are capable of functioning with a prosthetic leg.
The team of four Prosthetists and three helpers, then take moldings from the legs of qualified candidates. The moldings will be used to make their prosthetic limbs during the week at a facility in the Orange Walk district.
Volunteer coordinator for the BAPDA, Eva Middleton, explained that the clinic is the second of four that will be held throughout the year, with the others slated for May and November.
“We will have the team here for about a week to help build and repair prosthetic legs,” Middleton said. “We have people all the way from Toledo, Cayo, and even San Pedro, with the vast majority of them being from Belize City.”
The BAPDA is a registered organization in Belize that advocates and gives supports for people with a wide range of “diversed abilities.” The organization holds several activities for its members throughout the year, and also does fundraisers to be able to continue offering its services.