New hope! Joy Belmonte grants free artificial limbs to 50 amputees

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is helping amputees residing in the city achieve independence by giving them free prosthetic and orthotic services.

In partnership with the Physicians for Peace Philippines and the University of the East- Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, 37 amputees were recently given prosthetics or below the knee artificial limb, while 13 were fitted with orthoses or above the knee artificial leg.

“By giving them artificial limbs for free, we hope that our amputated residents can improve their mobility, as well as their ability to manage their daily activities,” Belmonte said.

“Hindi kailanman magiging hadlang ang pandemya para mabigyan natin ng nararapat na serbisyo ang persons with disability sa lungsod. Gusto nating tugunan ang pangangailangan nilang ito para makabalik na sila sa kanilang hanapbuhay at mapadali ang mga aktibidad nila,” the mayor added.

According to Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) head Renato Cada, the city’s target is to give artificial limbs to over 400 registered amputees in the city.

After assessing and screening the targeted recipients, they are transported by the city to the facility for casting and molding the artificial limbs. After 3 days, they will be assisted back to the workshop for fitting and making sure that they are comfortable with the prostheses or orthoses.

They are also taught how to properly use and maintain the artificial limb.