Well, this is the beginning of a new week. This morning I went to Banistmo to see how they were doing with my request to be able to access the stroke victim’s account to pay his bills. I was told that no word has come back from Panama City and to come back Thursday. Most banking decisions are done in PC and totally out of the control of local banks.
Next I went to see Tom McCormack in his office. He was working with an individual on an arm prothesis. There were two more people waiting to see him and Ruby said there were 8 scheduled for today. Four are currently scheduled for tomorrow..
A young man, I would say in his late teens to early 20s, was there missing his lower right leg. His mother told me he had an accident in his house with a glass table top. This had happened about a month ago. I think I heard Tom say that he would need a little more time for the leg to heal before he could fit him with a prothesis.
The young man, his mother and his sister had come to David from Costa Rica.
Tom told me that he is now receiving clients from Panama City, the Darién, other parts of Panama outside Chiriquí, as well as a few from Costa Rica.
Tom showed me some photos of a school he had just outfitted with an English lab.
I hope I can go back tomorrow and get a new post written on more of the work he is doing. Continue reading
Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
I have written several posts about Tom McCormack and his benevolence in Chiriquí. His next container will arrive in September.
You also may remember his current work on prosthetics. He began doing legs. Here is a post showing that work.
In his latest project, he is now developing his own process for doing arms. He sent me a PDF, that presents the steps, and you can download it by clicking HERE.
I forgot to add that all of the time and assistance Tom provides is at no cost to the recipients. If you know an individual that can benefit from Tom’s generosity, contact me and I will put you in touch with Tom.
No, I am not talking about a Panamanian version of the NRA. I am talking about my good friend Tom McCormack and his prosthesis project. He has currently fitted 82 legs and I don’t know how many arms.
His latest project has been to create an arm prosthesis from 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe for a man that had been without an arm for over 20 years.
Tom takes each one of these projects as a personal challenge. Sometimes it takes him several months to get it to the point that he is satisfied he has done all he can do. Tom gives new meaning to giving your fellow man a helping hand. Shoot, he gives them arms and legs too.
He can’t always help and I am sure the hardest thing he does is tell someone, he can’t improve their situation.
Tom and his wife’s foundation has helped many individuals, clinics, and hospitals in Chiriquí. I am proud to have him as a friend. When I fell a month ago, he sent me an email telling me he had some walkers and canes, but he had run out of the buttons that said, “I have fallen and I can’t get up”.
Tom keeps a good sense of humor and dealing with many of the hardship cases he deals with, requires a sense of humor.
Tom has brought twelve 40 foot containers to Chiriquí filled with all sorts of medical equipment, breast prothesis for women who had mastectomies, wheelchairs, crutches, hospital beds, etc. Number 12 was written up HERE.
Photos are the property of Tom McCormack. Here is the Tom and Linda McCormack Foundation.
I received word from Tom McCormack yesterday that the paperwork was being processed and his assumption is that Saturday will be the date for unloading container 12.
He will confirm today and I will update this post if it is conformed. The Google map of the deposit is HERE.
UPDATE: The paperwork did not get done. Saturday will not be the date.
UPDATE: The container arrived late Saturday night and has been unloaded. Tom didn’t want to have people come out late at night. Rubi worked her magic and had 41 people show up to unload.
My understanding is that the paperwork for Container 12 is being worked on at this very moment. It should be in David soon.
It is going to be unloaded in David at a new location this time. Tom and his helpers have been working hard the last few days to get the site ready. It still had a ways to go when I went last week to get the location for a Google Map.
Here is the Google Map for the new location.
As soon as I have the exact delivery date, I will post it. Here is a post of Tom’s last delivery.
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I just received word from Tom McCormack that his 12th container has been loaded and is ready to ship,
Just like all of Tom’s containers, this one will contain:
- Home orthopedic beds
- Lots of wheelchairs
- Leg and arm prothesis
- Things for the orthopedic doctors at Regional Hospital.
- Lots of yarn for Boquete knitters.
- Things for Boquete hospice and a hospice group in Panama City
- Lots of wigs, cancer caps and prosthetic breasts.
It is due to arrive in Colon Oct 21. Tom will be here to meet it. When Tom notifies me that it is coming to David, I will post where and when you can come to help unload.
To see the previous delivery of containers 9, 10, and 11 click HERE. If you want to see the work Tom has done fitting prothesis, click HERE.
Here is a very worthwhile cause. If you can’t attend, buy a ticket for someone else.
July 3, 2013 7:30 PM.