The mission of PPW is "To improve the health of the world's children through quality medical intervention, mentoring with local medical colleagues and infrastructure development"
Jose was a tall, strong, 17-year-old young man. His foot turned due to a neurological problem following meningitis when he was a child, and since then he was forced to walk on it's side. He had been assessed for surgery for 10 years, but the resources were never available for him to get the help he needed. It's difficult to imagine the pain he felt when he placed his weight on his foot with every step.
In 2013, Jose's mom brought him to the Project Perfect World clinic without an appointment and was turned away by local staff. She said that her biggest regret is leaving without being seen by one of the PPW doctors.
In 2014, they came back to our clinic without an appointment. They waited patiently all day, and politely insisted to the local staff that they would like to be seen. When the surgeons saw Jose's foot, they knew immediately that surgery could greatly improve Jose's quality of life.
In May for 2014, Jose had the surgery to correct his foot. It was a very emotional experience for him and his family. After 10 years of waiting, a lot of pain, and even more patience - PPW was able to help Jose make a new start.
PPW orthotists worked with a 3-year-old little girl they affectionately call “Stubby”. When Stubby was 1 year old, she had surgery and suffered an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. She developed a systemic infection, and her body responded by shutting down circulation to her extremities. Eventually her limbs began to die. Both her legs and most her fingers had to be amputated.
Stubby’s parents brought her to our othotist's clinic to see if there was anything that could be done to help her get around better.
After some trial and error, we found a solution we thought would work. From a cast of her legs, we built her a prosthesis made of lightweight foam and copoly plastic, but we we're sure it would work.
Stubby’s skin is very sensitive. Her legs are a mass of scar tissue; she could barely tolerate being touched, let alone the contact of a prosthesis. We gave the prosthesis to Stubby’s parents and told them to help her build up a tolerance for it. She should wear it for as long as she could – increasing the time as much as possible.
When we saw Stubby in clinic a year later, she was wearing the prosthesis. Ok. She was not only wearing the prosthesis, she was also walking and running!
Stubby is now a mobile, happy, beautiful little girl.
Each year PPW physicians and staff see up to 120 children over the course of a week in our daily clinic. The purpose if the clinic is to assess children for potential surgery and follow-up on the care we have provided on former trips.
We have the opportunity to see some remarkable changes in the children we work with. The first time we see our scoliosis patients, they are usually shy, quiet, and unsure of themselves. when we see that same child enter the clinic room a year later they are a tall, straight, confident young person. Our clinic provides a rare opportunity to see how resilient and strong our patients are.
12,345 surgeries performed