Carsten developed the “Haiti Knee” to respond to the unique challenges in
, such as the uneven terrain and the gait of the people. The “Haiti Knee” is lighter and more durable with a titanium head that features greaseless Teflon to make it easy to articulate, and therefore to walk. The head attaches to 2 carbon rods that can be adjusted to the individual’s height. It is a neat and efficient system. Medi has given Haiti HAS 300 of these units as well as 300 pairs of shoes, made in , which will cover the hospital’s needs until next summer. Austria
Long term plans between these collaborators include 2-week rotations at the Hanger lab of Medi-related personnel, such as certified prosthetic orthoticians and physical therapists, to alternate with the Hanger personnel. Medi is also making a 15-minute documentary by a German film crew that will premiere in
at the upcoming World Congress meeting of Orthotics and Prostheticians. It will then be sent all over Orlando, Florida Europe during the holidays with the aim of creating a registry of doctors, CPOs and physical therapists who would come to volunteer at HAS.
As each patient puts on a new leg at the Hanger Clinic, they may not understand that this prosthesis is the result of an international collaboration which reaches from Germany to the United States to Haiti, but they are overjoyed to have this new mobility, and to be able to look forward to a future which includes the possibility of employment, going to market, and being with family.