For the past 6 months, the Canadian Prosthetist Duane Nelson, had been living in La Paz-Bolivia, training the technicians at CMA in more modern prosthetic techniques. In the summer of 2013, Mr. Nelson along with his wife and daughter, volunteered with Centro de Miembros Artificiales-CMA (whom we have partnered with) and stayed until April 2014 with the sole desire to assist the poorest Bolivian amputees. Mr. Nelson was the initiator and driving force to convert CMA’s socket technology from heavy fiberglass to a more lightweight Polypropylene design. The CMA technicians had minimal experience using polypropylene up until this time, thus the reason Mr. Nelson took it upon himself to teach them each step in the process. He also arrived at a critical juncture for CMA, when the entire production facility had to be revamped. CMA is also extremely grateful to Duane for getting many prosthetic donations from Canada and for helping to select new tools and machines that were desperately needed.
This world is a better place with volunteers such as Duane Nelson who has chosen the path of service for humanity.
Duane Nelson training the Bolivian technicians in modern prosthetic techniques.
Duane in the process of converting CMA’s socket technology from heavy fiberglass to a more lightweight polypropylene design.