OpenSockets for Nicaragua

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OpenSockets for Nicaragua


Last week was busy at Bump. Pictured below are Adam, President of Bump/part-time seamster, and Sudeep, field director/handy-man, working tirelessly to prepare a box full of OpenSockets to be shipped! These devices have been sent to the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled Latin America Branch in Managua, Nicaragua.

Also, several of our summer interns, especially Ben S & Steven M, poured in numerous hours to get this shipment out. We look forward to hearing how these OpenSockets get used by the Red Cross!

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Insight of an Intern


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What will I do this summer?

This is the question that haunts most college students. Internship? Job? Travel? Hoping to combine some of my interests, I set out to find an organization that does work with medical devices in developing counties. Countless emails and hours of searching later, I finally found BUMP. To me it was the perfect combination of non-profit humanitarian work and technical design studio.  The only problem was, it was in Illinois, hundreds of miles away from my home in New York. After a short Skype interview and accepting the internship offer, it was set; I would be spending my summer in Illinois at BUMP. I am really glad I did.

 

My first two weeks at BUMP have been an amazing learning experience.

Already I have learned about many different types of prosthetic devices, the pros and cons of each type, and what makes the Open Socket prosthetic arm design so unique.  In addition to the physical aspects of prosthetics, I have learned about the psychology of undergoing an amputation and the fitting of new limbs.  In only two weeks, I have helped to build 4 OpenSocket prosthetic arms to be shipped to Central America and I’ve made prototypes of a new prosthetic arm design that will fit children with amputations or limb differences. We’ll keep you updated on our progress throughout the summer, so please follow BUMP on facebook and twitter and check back in with this blog soon!

 

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Ben Solaski

Ben Solaski is junior in Biological Engineering at Cornell University in New York who enjoys spending time at the beach and traveling. He hopes to pursue a career in global bio-tech outreach. 

  

 

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Video teaser


Today we released a sneak preview of some footage from our trip to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in January. This video shows snippets of some of the bump team working with Marcos. Make sure to check it out and stay tuned for other updates!  

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Summer Interns


This summer we are fortunate to have an excellent set f interns including: 

Jin Kim, Steven Morse, Steven Pick, Danny Takushi, Ben Hsieh, Lana Rottler, Bill Gavin, Bill Berger, Taek Lee, Amna Mahmud, Griz Avilla, Anthony Bruno, Amy Momsen, Jason McDonald, & Jon Pearce

Several more people will also be joining us in the coming weeks.


We look forward to a fun & productive summer!


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Joel's family learns how to work with his new prostheses.

Joel's family learns how to work with his new prostheses.

Joel with Bump Field Director Jonathan wearing his new OpenSockets

Joel with Bump Field Director Jonathan wearing his new OpenSockets

Last week our Field Director, Jonathan, emailed me to say that he had fit Joel (pictured) with 2 OpenSocket prosthetic arms. In his email Jonathan said that Joel's family was "excited to the point of tears" when they saw him with his new prosthetic arms. 

I was also very excited to see this email.  I had actually met Joel in January traveling with Jonathan, Ehsan, and Dylan as part of our January Launch

. At that time, Joel still had very fresh wounds from his electrical accident, so it was too early to fit him with a prosthesis. It makes me incredibly happy to see us deliver on the promise we made when we first met Joel, and provide him with two OpenSockets. 

I am also incredibly excited to see the number of people impacted by the OpenSocket and Bump continue to grow. Joel was the 56th person to be fit with an OpenSocket (our 57th patient was fit later last week)! Each of these individuals is a testament to the potential that we see in our technology and our organization. I truly cannot wait to watch us grow in our reach as we continue to positively impact people and families all over the world

We are at a critical stage as we work to scale our manufacturing, outreach, and follow-up capabilities. By growing, we will continue to make prosthetic care available to people who do not have another way to obtain such devices. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Adam Booher
President of Bump


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Fitting an 11yr old boy with the OpenSocket


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We woke up early today to take an express microbus to Leon, a city about an hour-and-a-half drive northwest of Managua. Leon is a city known for its artistic and political heritage, and is the location of a prosthetics clinic by the name of Walking Unidos.

At Walking Unidos we met with the clinic director Marvin and the executive director Santiago before fitting 11 year-old Eber Delgado with a small OpenSocket prosthesis. Eber was born with a congenital limb deficiency of his arm at a below-elbow level, and outgrew his prior prosthetic arm a while ago. We hope that Eber will be able to use his new arm to build new strength in his short limb as he enters his adolescent years.

We left the clinic and explored the city of Leon, visiting the largest cathedral in Central America, enjoying the Spanish colonial streets, and eating some delicious cuisine. After sweating profusely, we made a sobering visit to a former army prison where political prisoners were tortured during the war here. Thankfully the shooting stopped many years ago, but people are still losing their limbs from unexploded ordinance and prior wounds. 

Sudeep flys back to the United States today and Jon heads back to Guatemala. 

Fitting an OpenSocket with the Red Cross of Nicaragua


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Jon woke up early today, not sure why. Sudeep slept an extra half hour, not sure why. After the usual Nicaraguan breakfast of rice, beans, tomatoes, onions, toast, and orange juice, we decided to walk to our first meeting of the day. We met Peter Poetsma of the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled Latin America Branch. A brief meeting preceded a trip to CENAPRORTO and another fitting.

The patient's name was Hector (our second Hector in Nicaragua!) and he too was a victim of a land mine explosion. We fit him smoothly with the staff watching, and then went to get some great Salvadoran food for lunch. During this meeting, we had a great discussion with our friends from the Red Cross about future work in Nicaragua. We then headed to the fancy intercontinental hotel where we met Sergio from a local rotary club, hopeful that we will be able to arrange a Managua-based Rotary-driven OpenSocket camp. We are now back at the hotel, indulging in the free wifi and getting ready for tomorrow's visit to Leon!