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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!

Two More Flags


Sudeep and I started our day in Managua by visiting two organizations: SHIA Nicaragua and Vision Inclusiva. Both organizations work towards developing the support system and opportunities for people with disabilities in the country. We spoke with them about their potential involvement in organizing a periodic OpenSocket clinic for Nicaragua and our idea was well received.

After these meetings we headed to Teleton-Pipitos, which is a transnational organization that provides rehabilitation services to children with disabilities in Nicaragua. There we met 17 year-old Hector Chevez, who lost his arm when he encountered an unexploded ordinance from the war in his field. We deployed an OpenSocket with Hector, which will replace his current prosthesis that is old and no longer fits him.

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Leaving Teleton-Pipitos we headed to the largest market in Central America – Mercado Oriental. Due to security concerns we left the market immediately and headed over to another artisan market where we bought a flag of Nicaragua to hang in our studio in the United States. It is exciting to think that we have added two more flags to our collection in the past week – meaning that Bump has made an impact on two additional countries, and most importantly, several more amputees who needed a prosthetic arm.

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We had some great fried cheese, beans, and plantains for dinner, and now are calling it a day, hoping for a reprieve from the ants that attacked us last night as we slept in our budget hotel room. Hope the cockroach spray worked….

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First OpenSocket in Nicaragua

Yesterday was Jon & Sudeep's first full day in Nicaragua. They sent us an awesome email in the afternoon and I feel compelled to share the email with all of you. Enjoy!

It's Sudeep. Jon is too lazy to type (Sudeep is lying, I am proofreading now. Plus it is really hot here). We did not end up going to Leon today because that meeting was moved to Thursday; instead we stayed in Managua and met with CAPADIFE. We fit a patient named Javier with no hiccups. He lost his arm from a TNT blast when he was a soldier in the army and was very excited to get a new prosthesis. The staff at the clinic were super enthusiastic and engaged and very competent.
Now, we are headed out to explore the great city of Managua. Here are some pictures from the fitting. Blog about it. Thanks.

-Sudeep for Jon.

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Dear Sudeep, please tell Jon that I blogged "about it". Thanks, Ehsan.