February 1, 2010

Residents collect 1,100 crutches for victims of quake

When a group of pediatric residents returned from working with earthquake victims in Haiti, they made a public plea for crutches desperately needed by those suffering from amputations and crush injuries.

Their collection started last Monday at Johns Hopkins’ David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building, and by press time on Friday, they had gathered more than 1,100 pairs of crutches, plus 50 walkers and 50 canes.

Plans are still being made for shipping the supplies to Haiti, where they will be distributed to those in need of the devices.

Inspired by the residents’ efforts, Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is launching its own crutches drive.