To establish a fund which will help under-served amputees.
HISTORY & MISSION
Helping under-served amputees to obtain quality prosthetics comprehensive aftercare and to generate public awareness.
Loss of limb creates a severe handicap. For many amputees a prosthesis restores full mobility and resumption of normal life activities. In Texas, there are many people who remain handicapped because they cannot afford a prosthesis. Medicaid does not pay for prosthetic limbs in Texas and many people are uninsured or unable to pay their co-pay or deductible. It is estimated that 1 in 10 amputees are unable to obtain a prosthesis because of financial difficulty. The waiting line for funding from sources such as Limbs for Life often exceeds 12 months. Prolonged wheelchair confinement dramatically increases respiratory and wound complications, risk of pulmonary embolus, and postoperative pain. Diabetes greatly increases the risk of limb loss. San Antonio has twice as many diabetics as any other city in America. The prosthetics foundation, which has recently moved its headquarters to San Antonio, exists to help amputees in need of financial support.
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