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UHart Team Helps Prostheses Patients in Peru


Posted 03/27/2013
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Paul Armstrong (left) and Steve Charry M'13 (right) pose with one of their patients.
Paul Armstrong (left) and Steve Charry M'13 (right) pose with one of their patients.

(l-r) Steve Charry M'13 and Taber Hammond M'13.
(l-r) Steve Charry M'13 and Taber Hammond M'13.

Prosthetics and Orthotics clinical faculty member Paul Armstrong and two of his students have just returned from a week in Peru, where they fitted dozens of people with new prostheses. Armstrong, Steve Charry M’13, and Taber Hammond M’13 traveled to Peru with the non-profit organization Dreaming & Working Together, which includes several clinicians from Hartford Hospital, and staff members from Hanger, Inc., a provider of prosthetics and orthotics.

The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) began offering a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program in 2011. Students in the program learn to design, fabricate and fit prostheses and orthoses to care for patients who have lost limbs or have other disabling conditions of the limbs and spine.

While working at Carrion Hospital just outside the Peruvian capital of Lima, the Connecticut team saw more than 41 patients, many of whom are very poor. These patients included Juan, who lost both arms and a leg in a land mine explosion; Daisy, who lost her leg after being hit by a car while trying to save her son from the car’s path; and Delia, a 34-year-old woman who is now walking for the first time in 13 years, thanks to her new prosthesis.

To read more about these and other patients, and to look at photos and videos from the trip, visit Armstrong’s blog, “PDA’s Perivuan Post 2013.”

Paul Armstrong (left) and Steve Charry M'13 (right) pose with one of their patients.
Paul Armstrong (left) and Steve Charry M'13 (right) pose with one of their patients.

(l-r) Steve Charry M'13 and Taber Hammond M'13.
(l-r) Steve Charry M'13 and Taber Hammond M'13.