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Salvadoran Hands Will Bring Hope to Haitian Earthquake Amputees

first_img The young people have degrees in orthopedics and prosthetics from Don Bosco University (UDB), an institution located in a semi-rural sector of the municipality of Soyapango, on the northeastern edge of San Salvador and notorious for the strong gang presence in its numerous neighborhoods. According to current plans, this group of young people will be replaced in three months by another Salvador team, and the rotation will continue as long as necessary. The technicians, who are traveling to Port-au-Prince Wednesday, will spend the next few months as part of a mission supported by the non-governmental organizations Handicap International and Healing Hands for Haiti, working to help those mutilated in the tragedy recover their mobility. He calculated that the group of Salvadorans will build around three hundred prosthetic limbs in their mission in that country. Although initial plans are for the Salvadorans to work for three months, Martínez affirmed that the mission “can be extended as necessary.” Six young Salvadoran volunteers with expertise in making prosthetic limbs will bring hope to hundreds of Haitians who lost a limb in the earthquake that devastated that impoverished Caribbean country in January. By Dialogo March 04, 2010 “After seeing how difficult and precarious conditions are in Haiti and hearing the international cable-news channels start to mention that thirty, forty, and even one hundred amputations were being performed daily, we coordinated with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)” to offer help, the dean of UDB’s School of Rehabilitation Sciences, José Rolando Martínez, told EFE. last_img read more

Federer crushes Clarke to reach Wimbledon third round

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Roger Federer dashed home hopes of an outlandish upset at Wimbledon by easing into the third round with a 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Britain’s world number 169 Jay Clarke yesterday to reach the third round.Federer had never lost a Grand Slam match to somebody as low as Clarke in the rankings and, despite the Briton putting up a brave fight in the second set, the huge gulf in class ensured the Swiss never had to get out of second gear.Chasing a ninth Wimbledon title, Federer blasted out of the blocks, winning the opening set in double quick time, before Clarke got a foothold in the contest, holding serve throughout the second set to force a tiebreak.The home crowd began to sense the beginnings of an upset when Clarke secured a mini-break on the Federer serve, but it was a fleeting advantage, with the Swiss taking the set and breaking early in the third.The 20-year-old Clarke handed Federer match-point with a double fault and the 20-time Grand Slam champion wrapped up the contest when the Briton sent a backhand wide.“I really enjoyed myself. The tank is full. I came here with a lot of confidence. The first few matches haven’t been very taxing physically. You try to win your matches regardless of the score, if you win them in straights, that’s better,” Federer said.last_img read more

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