Prosthetic components are generally not reused in the United States because of legal considerations. However, used prosthetic limbs may be disassembled and the components shipped to Third World countries for use by landmine victims and/or other individuals in need. The following organizations may accept donations of used prosthetic limbs and/or components, depending on their current program needs.
Prosthetic Limb Donations
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Bowman-Siciliano Limb Bank Foundation
This foundation collects and distributes all forms of prosthetic limbs to those in need. They collaborate at times with other foundations to assist in countries outside the U.S. and prosthetic labs across the U.S. They raise funds to provide transportation, lodging and prosthetic limbs and services to those in need.
Address: 100 Spanish Oak Rd. Weatherford, TX 76087
Phone: (817) 597-1826
Hope to Walk
Hope To Walk specializes in making low-cost prosthetics that are made available to those who have no access or can’t afford them but we often meet patients who have prosthetic legs with broken parts. After they break, they are often unable to fix them due to high costs. If you would like to donate old prosthetic legs and parts to be used for these patients, please send them to our workshop (address above).
Address: 125 North Main Street, Suite 500-188, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: (540) 605-7102
Limbs for Life Foundation
We can utilize many of the component parts for repair and replacement of limbs. U.S. regulations restrict the use of some items; however, we are able to share many types of component parts with our international partners. Recently, in addition to providing prosthetic limbs to clients in 23 states, we have shared with organizations assisting amputees in Mongolia, Panama, Nigeria, the Philippines, Dominican Republic, and Syria.
Address: 9604 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Phone: (888) 235-5462
Penta Medical Recycling
Penta was founded by university students to bring high-quality, low-cost prosthetic care to amputees in the developing world while repurposing what would otherwise be medical waste in the United States. The idea came out of the realization that 90% of the world’s amputees lack proper prosthetic care while hundreds of thousands of functional prostheses are discarded annually in the United States. Penta’s team built a bridge between this enormous waste and desperate need and has helped over 500 amputees to walk again in the past few years. Please visit the website to create a prepaid shipping label, donate your used equipment, and give someone the gift of mobility. They accept used and unused prosthetic and orthotic components, as well unused prosthetic socks and liners.
Address: 500 Park Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022
Prosthetic Hope International
P.O.C.C. was created to save surplus usable P&O goods from being sent to landfills while innumerable individuals around the world are in need of prostheses and orthoses. P.O.C.C. provides individuals, P&O facilities, manufacturers, and distributors a clearinghouse that enables them to make tax deductible donations of new and gently used prosthetic goods and new orthotic goods. These donations, in turn, afford non-governmental organizations (NGOs), P&O practitioners, developing world P&O schools, developing world P&O facilities and researchers access to these badly needed and often costly goods.
Address: 1937 Shalimar Dr. Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (404) 325-2800
Range of Motion Project (ROMP)
The US Components for a Cause Program collects new or gently used prosthetic components that are sent to our permanent clinical operations in Guatemala and Ecuador to treat patients. ROMP can provide a shipping label for donations through their website and the link above.
Standing with Hope
Standing with Hope has heard from many families over the years who called to say that a loved one who wore a prosthesis passed away and they didn’t know what to do with the limb. Standing with Hope is honored that spouses, children, and other family members will trust them with a used prosthesis…and we absolutely will take those limbs, recycle the parts, and ship them overseas to help serve another person.
Address: PO Box 159115, Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: (866) 377-7175
Check with Local Prosthetic Facilities in Your Area
Some prosthetic facilities sponsor periodic trips to Third World countries to provide prosthetic services. They may collect used limbs and prosthetic components for distribution through these programs. Contact a local facility to inquire about whether they know of a prosthetic donation program in the area.
It is also recommended to check with local prosthetist offices to see if the prosthetic can be disassembled. If disassembled, prosthetics can often be shipped in UPS flat-rate boxes which can substantially lower shipping costs.
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