8.10.06

orthopedic doctor


A Pakistani orthopedic doctor shows a custom built artificial leg to Abdul Hameed, center, at the Helping Hand clinic in Muzaffarabad in the Kashmir region of Pakistan Sept 23, 2006. Hameed, a former rickshaw driver, lost his right leg in the Oct. 8, 2005 earthquake when his home in the village of Komikot collapsed. The Helping Hand facilities reported that they have received close to 500 amputee patients in the past year with 70 percent of them as a result of the October 8, 2005 earthquake.Officials estimate that at least 2,000 children lost limbs, fingers or toes in Kashmir alone in the quake and its aftermath, many of whom have not yet been fitted for new limbs due to scarce funds