04/11/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Haitian Amputees Face Tough Future

As Haitian amputees heal from their initial injuries from the Jan. 12 quake, their long-term futures remain uncertain. Securing regular work and livelihoods may prove difficult, aid groups say, with physical limitations.

Compounding the problem is the fact that many amputations were done with thought to saving lives rather than fitting prosthetic limbs at a later date, so some earthquake victims may not be able to benefit from prostheses.


Aid organizations estimate there are between 2,000 to 4,000 new amputees in Haiti. You can learn more about how to help through organizations like Handicap International and Healing Hands for Haiti are specializing in tending to the needs of amputees by visiting their sites.