30 amputees to get artificial legs-A A +A
Sunday, January 26, 2014
BACOLOR - Some 30 indigent amputees from different parts of Pampanga will receive their artificial legs soon of the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) through its “Walking Free” program.
KDF Trustee Sylvia Ordonez said that through KDF’s Dr. Penny Bundoc of the Physicians for Peace (PFP) and the UERM, Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (PSPO) brought a team of students and experts from the to measure and cast 30 prosthetics for above knee beneficiaries from Pampanga and Central Luzon.
The measurements were conducted at the prosthesis laboratory at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) in Barangay San Vicente here and included some student-beneficiaries.
“Some of the students will now be able to go back to their normal routine and even attend schooling properly,” Ordonez said, adding that KDF’s “Walking Free” will continue to service amputees in Pampanga as well as nearby provinces.
Walking Free is an initiative of KDF that aims to unburden amputees and their loved ones by providing them prosthetic limbs so that they can be productive again.
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) had also been helping in the program.
KDF president Benigno Ricafort said that in 2011 alone, PCSO had funded 76 prosthetic legs with a value of P1.1 million, the operation for 146 harelip and cleft palate patients through its contribution of P434,000, the cataract surgeries of 45 patients through a contribution of P225,000, among others.
The KDF, in 2011, has served 1,674 patients through the total contribution of PCSO of some P1.9 million.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 27, 2014.