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

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