From Paint to Prosthetics – Seventh-day Adventist Church

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Michael Moor, from the department of Orthotics and Prosthetics at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions in Loma Linda, California, United States, fits a body-powered prosthetic to a patient during a mission trip to La Misión, Baja California, Mexico. Photo: Loma Linda University News

uring a weekend student mission trip to paint an orphanage in Baja California, Mexico, Michael Moor could not have anticipated he would have the opportunity to dramatically change the life of one little girl.

Moor, instructor of orthotics and prosthetics at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions in Loma Linda, California, United States, said the original plan was for the student mission group to paint playground equipment at the Door of Faith Orphanage, one of the largest orphanages in Baja California. But news of the group’s arrival soon traveled to a local health-care center, Siloé Wellness Center in La Misión — run by co-founder and medical director Sarah Mayer, a Loma Linda University alumna.

When Mayer found out the mission group had representatives from the orthotics and prosthetic and the physical therapy and occupational therapy departments, she asked if Moor and a small student team would be willing to see a few patients the next day. The health-care center is unable to offer orthotics and prosthetic specialty services to patients.

“We assessed four patients in one day, fashioning molds and prostheses using supplies from the health-care center and the local hardware store,” Moor said. “But one case was significantly more complex.”

At seven years old, Miranda had been the victim of an equestrian accident. While she was leading a horse from the back of a four-wheeler, the rope wrapped around her arm as the horse spooked. The wild mare sprinted away, and the noose tightened, dismembering Miranda’s arm at the elbow from her body.

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