Friday, March 6, 2015

Gettting a New Leg

Haitian earthquake victims aided at Shriners Hospital

Gettting a New Leg

Eight-year-old Sarah Maurice, (left) who lost a leg to Haiti's earthquake, had just one question for doctors after seeing another little girl's artificial limb at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Why is it pink and not the color of her skin?

Prosthetic technician Jennifer Stieber assured Sarah that there are many shades of skin tone for her new leg.

Sarah was one of three Haitian girls - each missing a limb because of Haiti's earthquake - who arrived at the hospital Wednesday to be evaluated for prostheses.

They now have a chance to thrive, thanks to a collaboration among Haitian musician Wyclef Jean's charitable Yele Foundation; the Global Medical Relief Fund, and Shriners Hospital of Philadelphia, which treats eligible children free of charge.

Since the Jan. 12 earthquake, the hospital has taken in a total of seven Haitian children, five of them amputees. Click here for more photos. Writer Michael Matza's story is here.

 

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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