OFFERING HOPE TO PATIENTS WITH CRIPPLING DEFORMITIES

Board member Wend Schaefer has just spent three weeks in Tanzania.

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A helping hand to patients with crippling deformities

“I go back because without me, much of the orthopedic problems would go untreated.” This is a report from our Board Member Wend Schafer, who gives hope to some nearly crippled patients in Tanzania.
 
Below are some of the quotes from Wend’s article.
 
“The goal is to reach a point where the Tanzanians do not need our help anymore.”
 
“The children at Mugeza live in isolation and rarely, if ever, see their parents. A large number of the students there have spastic cerebral palsy with tight joints in the lower extremities. In some cases, the hips are so tight that they urinate on themselves. At this point we were unable to offer any surgery for Mugeza children because we could not get parental consent.”
 
“This little girl had one of the most disabling burn scars I have ever seen. Her hand was flipped 180 degrees to be scarred against the back if her wrist. I could have released the scar and attached the open area to skin from the abdomen.”
 
“I hope I have one more trip in my future. Next year I hope to go with my fellow Rotarians who will care for the albinos and the deaf children at Mugeza. Next Rotary grant- rain collection system.”

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