North Raleigh Rotarian Helps Palestinian Teen

Members of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh have learned a lot about prosthetic devices since Brent Wright joined their club last September.

Wright is a certified prosthetics/orthotics and practice manager for the Raleigh branch of EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics, based in Kinston, N.C., and owned by fellow Rotarian Paul Sugg. The company was recently featured in a WRAL story about a disabled Palestinian youth who is now able to walk.

Abdallah Snoubar, 16, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his left knee by Palestinian doctors two years ago.  Part of his leg was amputated at an Israeli hospital and he used crutches until he was brought to the United States by the Raleigh-based chapter of the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund. As part of his treatment, Snoubar was fitted for a new prosthetic leg by Wright at EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics in Raleigh.

PalestinianTeenIt took an international effort to provide Palestinian teen Abdullah Snoubar, third from left, with a new leg. He is shown in the photo, from left, with Rotarian Brent Wright of EastPoint Orthotics, Faizal Hamdoon, another EastPoint patient, and Frank Hodges of SunStone Lab.

Most prosthetics are formed to the shape of a leg, but Snoubar’s device uses new technology with adjustable straps and pads so that he is able to adjust the tension, Fewer than 20 people in the U.S. have a prosthesis similar to this one.

The $16,000 device, manufactured by SunStone Lab and fitted by EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics, was provided to Snoubar as a gift, while he was staying with a host family in the Triangle. Now he is able to walk without crutches.

“It was a privilege to meet and provide a prosthesis for Abdallah,” Wright said. “He was such a fast learner and always kept a positive attitude. His determination was inspiring.”

Providing encouragement and motivation was another patient at EastPoint, Faizal Hamdoon, a Paralympian runner.

Wright has been very active in his Rotary club and now is head of the club’s international board, appropriate because of his interest in helping others around the world.

With his wife Meredith, Wright has a nonprofit organization called LifEnabled Inc., which is active in Guatemala, holding clinics and helping people with prosthetic devices.

Posted in Clubs in Service, International Projects.