Physical Therapists first traveled to Guatemala with Hearts in Motion in 2002. At that time, the therapy clinic consisted of a slotted bench within the public health department. Braces were made by recycling parts of old braces, softening the plastic by hot water heated over an open fire. In 2005, Hearts in Motion opened the Kevin O’Halloran Rehabilitation Center providing therapy services to the residents of Zacapa, Guatemala and the surrounding communities. Services have been expanded with the opening of a second rehabilitation center in Gualan in 2012 and a third in Teculutan in 2015. The clinics are open on a full time basis, staffed by therapists from Guatemala as well as the United States.
Hearts in Motion provides short term mission opportunities for Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, Audiologists and students from the United States. Volunteers work side by side with Guatemalan therapists and teachers, not only at the HIM Rehabilitation Centers, but also in schools, senior citizen centers, village medical clinics, and nutrition centers dealing with developmental disabilities. Patients are seen for evaluation and treatment, and given walkers or other adaptive equipment if needed. HIM also offers education programs for Guatemalan therapists, students and caregivers several times a year. Annually over 4000 patients have been served by this incredible program.
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