Israeli Medical Team Gives Haitian Boy a Fresh Start

Luciano, 8, puts on his new prosthetic arm as Ulrich M., a technician from the Tel Hashomer/JDC/MDA team at HUEH, carefully observes.
Luciano, 8, puts on his new prosthetic arm as Ulrich M., a technician from the Tel Hashomer/JDC/MDA team at HUEH, carefully observes.

When the startling earthquake shook Haiti last January, Luciano L., 8, was on the first floor of his family’s house, playing with his older brother. As the home collapsed, one of the large walls fell on him, crushing his right arm. The injury was so severe that his arm needed to be amputated, and while he received proper treatment and was lovingly cared for by his parents, he was distraught. When his parents heard that the physiotherapy team at the Tel Hashomer/JDC/MDA rehabilitation center at Haiti State University Hospital (HUEH) were fitting for prosthetic arms—a rare find—they rushed to get Luciano on the list.

Prosthetic arms, initially not as highly prioritized as prosthetic legs, are now becoming more commonly provided as a result of research showing the positive impact an artificial arm has on an amputees’ overall healing, functionality, and self-esteem.

Luciano was one of the first patients the team met with. And though he arrived frightened and confused for the three days of measuring, plastering, and fitting by the specialists, he eagerly took the physiotherapist’s training on how to use his new arm.

Today Luciano is back to playing with his brothers and friends and looking forward to starting school in September.



An error occurred during your login.


JDC, Cookies, and Your Privacy

Cookies are small pieces of information sent by our web server for storage on your computer, to be retrieved when you return to this site. We use cookies to allow you faster, more convenient access, and to prevent you from being required to log in on every page of our sites.

For more information on JDC’s use of cookies, read our Privacy Policy.


An Error Occurred


Logging In With One of Your Social Web Site Logins

Instead of trying to remember a bunch of special username/password combinations to log in to different web sites that you visit, you can now link your account on this web site to your account on one (or more) of the social media web sites shown and log in with the same username/password combination that you use on that social web site to log in to our site.

To provide this connection in a secure manner, we use Gigya, a social network connection provider that works behind the scenes to make safe, secure connections between user accounts on different systems, such as popular social media web sites like Facebook and web sites like ours where you are actively involved in social issues and causes.

Each time you log in, Gigya uses special application programming interfaces (APIs) to establish the connection between the sites and validate your username and password. Neither our web site or Gigya receive or store your social network passwords.

In addition to reducing the number of logins you have to remember, connecting your accounts can make it quicker and easier to share an activity or cause you feel passionately about from our web site with your friends on your social web sites.

You can break the connection between your accounts at any time.