Kevin R. Knox, M.D. is in La Paz, Bolivia this week volunteering with The Touching Hands Project.
The Touching Hands Project – WHAT WE DO
Each THP medical team is comprised of hand surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and hand therapists. The teams travel around the world to poor countries such as Haiti, Ethiopia and Honduras to treat and evaluate patients for hand and/or arm conditions, deformities and injuries. During each 1- or 2-week mission, the THP team will see and treat around 100 patients!
Many of the patients treated are victims of horrific violence that takes place in these struggling countries. The people in the communities we visit have limited access to healthcare and sometimes have no hand surgeons in the entire country. Our teams are giving children an opportunity to grow up and function as a normal child and are giving adults the opportunity to use their hands again, which can be a matter of survival in countries where manual labor dominates the work force.
The Touching Hands Project (THP) provides free hand surgery and hand therapy to adults and children in underserved communities around the world. From children with deformities to adults with chronic pain or victims of unspeakable violence, the THP volunteers work to better the lives of patients who desperately need hand care. We send teams of hand surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and hand therapists to countries that have little access to medical care. Our work allows these patients to use their hands again, whether it’s to hold their child, return to work, eat a meal, or put on their shoes. Your support, even in the smallest amount, can change a life.