In addition to serving the needs of amputees in the DC area, the staff at OPC has a global impact. Elliot has traveled around the world to offer his services to amputees in need. For those people who would never receive care or prosthetic devices without the donation of his time and resources, he is nothing short of a hero.
In August, cameras from 20/20 accompanied a special woman from Tanzania as she met with Elliot. There is a believe in Tanzania that the bones from an Albino contain mystical powers. As a result of this belief, a bounty was placed upon her limbs. She was savagely bludgeoned and lost both of her arms in the attack.
Desperate for help so that she could care for her young family, she was offered a new life through OPC. Materials and talents were donated so that she could be fitted with new prosthetic arms. She traveled across the earth to visit OPC-- and to think, many of us complain about the traffic on I-95 as we travel to our appointments!
We will be writing more about this important issue in the future. In case you missed the story from 20/20, here is the link. Have a great weekend!