IRAQ: Conscience International Launches New Prosthetic Rehabilitation Program

Mosul refugees checking in for medical treatment — Conscience International Photo

It was a life-changing moment when Matthew Coley stepped into the surgery tent at the emergency field hospital near Mosul, Iraq and saw the eight- month- old infant girl who had lost both her legs above the knee, a victim of an ISIS attack

The former U.S. Navy corpsman was volunteering short-term as staff support with an American NGO. But holding the child in his arms he knew he would be returning to Iraq for a longer stay to help meet the needs of the innocently disabled. The opportunity came when Dr. James Jennings, President of Conscience International, appointed him as Program Director for Prosthetic Rehabilitation, a newly launched platform to help restore hope and some level of normalcy to both children and adults in war-torn Iraq.

After his appointment, Matthew met with U.S. prosthetic manufacturers and with prosthetic program leaders at Baylor's School of Medicine-reputed as the foremost program in the U.S.-researching procedures and partner opportunities so prosthetics might be made in Iraq. 

 

Matthew Coley

You can follow Matthew as he launches this new program for Conscience International by requesting his free on-line newsletter at mcoley.ci.pr@gmail.com.

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