Anisha is thrilled to have her beautiful new prosthesis.
Our front-line medical and rehabilitative partners are using our “3D PrintAbility” digital toolchain to scan, rectify and print custom prosthetics and orthotics for kids like Anisha. Now, they’re also 3D printing face shields to protect front-line staff as they continue to deliver essential medical services to vulnerable kids and families in the context of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Update in Uganda
In the middle of the pandemic, the staff at CoRSU – Hope and Healing’s partner hospital – remain focused and dedicated to providing the best care to patients.
With the number of cases constantly changing and the guidelines from The Ministry of Health of Uganda changing as well, CoRSU has taken precautions to protect their staff and the vulnerable children who come through the hospital’s doors.
Each day, the infection control team at CoRSU scans everyone who enters the hospital to prevent any outbreaks from occurring. And thanks to the 3D printing initiative, staff have face masks to protect themselves and to protect other vulnerable patients.
“We’re working long hours with reduced staff, juggling extra work and protocols to keep our patients and ourselves safe. If we stop working, or simply slow down, the children ultimately don’t get the sometimes life-saving treatment they need.”
– Davide Naggi, Director of CoRSU
3D-printed face shields at CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital. Medical workers at all our partner hospitals are using personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep children safe and cared for.
God is using your investment in 3D PrintAbility and our partners’ skill, dedication and innovative problem-solving to serve the most vulnerable kids safely in the middle of this pandemic… kids like Samson.
Samson is up on his feet in no time at all, thanks to 3D printing and you.
Samson was only 2 years old when he broke his ankle playing in the garden. His mother was close by tending the family’s crops.
Samson’s mom, a widow with a small plot of land, was doing her best to eke out a living for herself and her child. She had no way to get her son to a doctor; she had no money for transportation or for medical fees.
Within days, Samson’s foot became horribly infected. Eventually, he lost his foot.
Wracked with guilt and blamed by many of her relatives, Samson’s mom disappeared, leaving Samson with his grandmom, Rodah.
Rodah heard about CoRSU in 2013 and, in faith, brought Samson to see if the doctors could help him.
Over the past few years, CoRSU staff have made Samson three prosthetic limbs as he’s grown. This latest one has a 3D printed socket. The process took much less time. So Samson was back on his feet, smiling and running in hours instead of days. He didn’t have to miss as many days of school.
“Today, Samson has many friends. He loves to play football and shows me how fast he can run. It’s amazing really! Samson tells me that English is his favourite subject,” says Rodah happily.