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Amparo prosthetics help CURE go mobile
This story was written by Naphtali Foster and originally published at CURE Kenya’s website
Amparo is a German-based company that is helping shape the history of making prosthetics. It started as a university project and turned into a company wanting to give people easier access to prostheses. The company began in 2016, and the Confidence Socket came onto the market in 2018. The Confidence Socket not only brings mobility to patients but also mobility to the people making the prostheses! Instead of bringing the patients to a workshop to fit the prosthesis, you can do mobile services and fit patients anywhere.
Amparo’s prosthetic socket is already assembled, so once you’ve molded it to fit the patient, you can affix it to the rest of the prosthetic and make adjustments as needed. As time goes by, if the patient’s stump shape changes, you can simply remold the prosthetic socket by heating it up again, thanks to the re-moldable thermoplastic.
“This is magic!” Sammy said when he saw the molded socket. Technology is fun, and we’re grateful to share it with Sammy, a patient who has received prostheses from CURE Kenya in the past and now gets to try something new, thanks to Amparo! Wes works for Amparo and together with Purity, our ortho tech, they worked to fit Sammy with a new prosthesis.
So how does it all work? We’ll show you, step by step!
STEP 1: PREPARE THE LEG
STEP 2: PREPARE THE SOCKET
STEP 3: FIT THE SOCKET
STEP 4: FINISH THE SOCKET
“This is wonderful!” Purity said when we asked her about the technology. “If it works well, it would be a good thing ... It would be very helpful for those patients who come from far.” Our patients have had to be measured and fitted with prostheses on different days. With this technology, it’s possible to have the whole process done in only a day! “To me, it’s a good technology—an advanced one,” Purity told us.
There’s a chance this tech could be helpful on mobile clinics as well, taking away the necessity of our patients to come to CURE Kenya for their prosthetic fitting since this process is quick and mobile. We’ll watch over time to see how it helps CURE Kenya and in the meantime, be like Purity, who says: “I’m excited about this!”