WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A small Wilmington business is helping people in Haiti in a big way. It is making prosthetics for people who lost their legs in January's earthquake.
Certified prosthetists went over to Haiti right after the earthquake hit and found 20 people who had a leg amputated when a building, wall, or roof collapsed on them. They evaluated the victims and took casts of their limbs. Then they returned to Atlantic Prosthetic Services in Wilmington to make them artificial legs.
The prostheses will be designed with special feet from India that enable the haitians to walk barefoot or with flat sandals. Jeff McDonald, who got into the prosthetic business after a motorcycle accident, says where he once saw only desperation, he now sees hope in the eyes of the Haitians who will be able to stand on two legs again.
"Just being able to stand up and brush their teeth or stand up and shave their face without being all on one leg., those are the small victories that start to get people back toward feeling productive and feeling like a part of society again and we just want to start with those small things for people like that," Atlantic Prosthetic Services President Jeff McDonald said.
The 20 prosthetic legs cost $10,000. McDonald started a non-profit organization called Walk Free International to raise money to help the amputees. If you would like to donate, visit http://www.walkfreeintl.org.