Julandia’s Independent Mobility
Jason Miller is the in-country Rehabilitation Director for Project Medishare. He travels throughout Haiti to the clinics for the amputee program that are put on in remote locations whenever there is an opportunity to do so. Jason explains that, through a local contact, they are able to set up the site and dates of clinics and he helps coordinate the patients. On one particular trip, they brought a doctor to handle medical cases and were able to treat over a total of 60 patients in just two days! That included their rehab, prosthetic, wound care and medical patients.
Jason was with Project Medishare hosting a clinic in La Gonave when he met an 8-year-old Haitian girl. Julandia is a spina bifida patient that had arrived at the clinic with bad ulcers (wounds) on her feet. She had no sensation in her feet so a donated hand-bike seemed like a good way to allow her feet to heal while she could be mobile and able to exercise in her home. Julandia was given the bike the first day of the clinic and she was able to drive and steer herself with only a small amount of training. By the end of the day, she was maneuvering the hand-bike on her own and quite happy. Medical Teams International, MTI, is the organization that donated the PET International bike that Julandia now owns. Because of the severity of her spina bifida, Julandia will not be able to walk. This makes providing her with a means of independent mobility so very important.
Thanks to Jason Miller, the Project Medishare prosthetics team, PET International & Medical Teams International for providing Julandia with this hand-bike and, ultimately, the opportunity for independent mobility.