Charities recycle prosthetic limbs for developing countries

03/12/2014 | ABC News

By law, any part of a prosthetic device that touches the skin can't be reused in the U.S., but they can be recycled to other countries, where new prostheses are often unaffordable. The Tennessee charity Standing With Hope disassembles and ships donated prosthetic limbs to Ghana, where they are rebuilt for new recipients. Another charity, Limbs for Life, based in Oklahoma City, sends 500 to 700 artificial limbs a year, donated by individuals as well as prosthetic companies, to countries in Africa and Latin America.

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