Charity of the week
For much of the world, a serious bone fracture can mean permanent crippling. Even a minor one often means that a person in the Third World is prevented from working and as a result spirals into poverty. Sign Fracture Care International (signfracturecare.org) steps in to help provide orthopedic implants for the poor, manufacturing innovative surgical instruments that are suited for low-resource hospitals that may not have X-ray imaging or electricity. Its high-quality implants give patients a fast recovery, allowing them to walk in as soon as a week’s time and go back to work in a month. The charity also educates local surgeons on best patient practices. Since its inception, Sign has distributed its implants to 365 hospitals worldwide, and more than 300,000 people have been healed.
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