On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the country of Haiti causing devastating damage. Hundreds of thousands of Haitian citizens were killed and even more were injured. One of the injured citizens was Magdala Lundy. She was at school when the earthquake struck and was trapped underneath the debris of the building. After three days she was rescued from the rubble, injured but alive. Unfortunately, the injury led to gangrene in her right hand and the amputation of her right forearm. She lived for a year without a prosthetic limb and suffered from phantom limb pain. With only one hand, she struggled to complete her usual tasks and take care of her children. She finally received a prosthesis but it was a cosmetic device with little functionality and did not help her complete old tasks. Further, being an amputee led to many negative looks being directed her way. Magdala needed a prosthetic that was both functional and cosmetically appealing.
The Victoria Hand Project partnered with Limbforge in summer 2016 to deploy prosthetic hands to amputees in Haiti. Ultimaker also provided their 3D printers to the 3D Print Center in Port-au-Prince, and donated four 3D printers to the Victoria Hand Project. Magdala received a Victoria Hand to help her with the tasks she could not do with her cosmetic hand. This includes grabbing and moving objects, dusting, washing clothes, and getting dressed. She likes the functionality of the Victoria Hand and finds that it helps her in her daily life. The cosmetic look of our prosthetic has also helped to improve her body image and helps her feel more comfortable in public.
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Since 2015, our success in helping amputees around the world has been made possible thanks to people just like you. With your generous contribution, no matter how great or small, we are able to truly make a difference. We are grateful for any help you can provide, and guarantee it will change lives for the better.