The Orthopedic Training Centre (OTC) was begun by the Divine Word Missionaries in 1961. Brother Tarcisius de Ruyter SVD is the founder and at present the co-director with Sister Elizabeth Newman SSND. The co-directors, assistant director and general manager form the management team of the Centre. The primary purpose of the Centre is the rehabilitation of the physically challenged in Ghana and people from other countries.
Since 1961 the OTC has been able to open its doors and services so many physically challenged in West Africa, especially Ghana. Thousands have passed through the centre or have received the help they need from our mobile unit. We feel very fortunate that we have been able to continue and have had the materials and trained staff members to make all of this happen. So many individuals, foundations and organizations have partnered with us so that the children could receive the care they need to develop into individuals who could take their proper place in society.
Here in Ghana there are very few plastic surgeons so recently we tried to find out if anyone outside of Ghana would be interested in this case and willing to look at the possibility of at least trying to make his hands functional. There are two reconstructive surgeons in Munich, Germany who are willing and interested in the case. They say, from looking at Sule’s x-rays and pictures, that he would need four surgeries over a four month period. The cost would be 10,000 euro per surgery.
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