Life — and Soccer — After Amputation
Project Medishare’s prosthetic technician in training, Wilfred Macena, works with people like himself everyday. An amputee patient, Wilfred was fitted with his prosthetic limb in April 2010, after which he immediately began running and kicking a soccer ball.
That September, encouraging others like him, he formed a small soccer team of amputee patients, providing inspiration and hope to those who would be soon fitted at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare with their new limb.
You have to see it to believe it: Watch video of this amazing, amputee soccer team now.
"What Medishare is doing here is helping people start their life again," Wilfred said. "I talk to the amputee patients and let them know that one day, they can be like me. I can walk, I can drive, I have learned to run. … [Being] an amputee does not mean your life is over."
The impact of the soccer team has now expanded beyond Haiti’s borders. The team has made international news and members have traveled abroad to spread their message of hope to amputees worldwide – including a visit with wounded members of the U.S. military.
Click to see more amazing photos and video of the soccer team in action.
How You Can Help
Sponsor a Prosthetic Limb
$800 pays for a new leg for a child who lost a limb in the 2010 earthquake. $300 pays for a wheel chair. Smaller donations support related amputee patient care.
Project Medishare’s Amputee Rehabilitation Program allows supporters the opportunity to donate directly to a patient’s individual cause. Through this site supporters can sponsor a leg, below-knee or above-knee, simply by donating through PayPal. Once you have sponsored an amputee patient, you will be sent pictures of the leg, the therapy and the patient whose life has been changed forever by your incredible gift.