In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, an MSNBC team has set out to cover, through a variety of media, an American prosthetic group working at a rural hospital to fit limbs to hundreds of earthquake amputees. At the same time, the team is sharing personal essays written by American soldiers who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s an unusual post-disaster focus that has yielded some impressive stories.
Here are a few of the most notable dispatches:
- The natural ease with which young children adapt to prosthetics (And share with each other | While their families struggle to cope)
- An American helicopter pilot adapts after losing limbs in Afghanistan.
A housing community set up for prosthetics patients after the Haiti quake
- Fitting prosthetics to Haitian patients whose limb loss dates back to long before the earthquake.
- Making and fitting a new limb
- The life of one of the doctors fitting all those prosthetics in Haiti