At the end of October, we held three days of mobility clinics in San José Pinula, which is a municipality a little southeast of Guatemala City. San José is one of several new locations where we are holding mobility clinics, We were invited to serve there by the city’s Secretary of Social Work. In total, we distributed more than 40 wheelchairs and mobility aids!
Here is a look at a few of the patients we served:
Juan has transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder that causes inflammation of the spinal cord. His condition has impaired his muscle strength and ability to move. He is re-learning how to walk and does not yet have the necessary strength to get around on his own, but his new wheelchair will help him have more mobility.
Emma has colon cancer and recently had a colostomy surgery. Her condition has made her very weak and she is only able to take a few steps by herself. Samuel, our physical therapist, fit her with a mobility aid and taught her exercises to help improve her strength.
Eulogio lost his leg in an accident 10 years ago. At our clinic, he was given a wheelchair and a pair of new crutches.
Julio has arthritis in both knees. He was given crutches so that he can get around more easily and lessen the pressure on his knees.
Maria had a hip fracture and needed a wheelchair and walker to help her get around while her hip heals.
To find out more about what happens at a mobility clinic, read Giving the Gift of Mobility.