Angel — I started rebuilding prosthetics 24 years ago. It’s an art form that requires lots of practice. It’s not rocket science, but you have to take into account that the body changes — it swells and shrinks.
There are people that come to my shop in San Vicente, Baja California [just south of Ensenada], and pay 70,000 pesos ($4,100 USD) for a prosthesis. The ones built for amputations above the knee cost up to 145,000 pesos ($8,500). A new hydraulic knee alone costs 70,000 pesos.
Some people don't have the ability to pay that kind of money, and it’s something very sad to see because they are trapped [by their lack of mobility]. This program helps them get a prosthesis for free. I take careful measurements [at this shelter in Tijuana which becomes a mobile clinic once a month], cast a mold, work on the prosthesis with mostly donated parts in my shop, then return one month later to deliver it and make minor adjustments.