November 29, 2011
EastPoint Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. Kinston, NC
(For immediate release)
Tuvshindeger Turkhuu of Mongolia was born with a genetic condition that required an amputation of her left foot, yet despite her challenges, the spirit of this vibrant 6 year old girl remains unwavering. She loves to laugh and play like all children do, but like so many others in impoverished nations, her family is not able to afford the proper health care she needs. In a day when technology seems to be at the cutting edge, the needs of a child like Tuvshindeger appear forgotten. EastPoint Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. of Kinston, NC has stepped up to the plate to provide the tools necessary for her to function with daily activities on her native, Mongolian, home-front. On Friday, December 1st, EastPoint will provide this young lady with a brand new prosthesis, thanks to donations from various prosthetic suppliers in the field. Her current prosthesis is very worn and in need of replacement. EastPoint will ensure that the prosthesis they provide will be adjustable so it can grow with her, providing extended life to the prosthesis.
Mongolia is a country in East and Central Asia bordered by Russia and China. At 603,909 square miles, Mongolia is the 19th largest and the most sparsely populated independent country in the world, with a population of around 2.75 million people. The country contains very little arable land, as much of its area is covered by steppes, with mountainous areas. Harsh winters are also a part of little Tuvshindeger’s life. 30% of the population is nomadic. 20% of the population lives on less than US $1.25 per day. “It’s important to understand the geographical environment in Mongolia and understand the type of rugged prosthesis they need for their everyday life,” says EastPoint President Paul Sugg, CPO. “We realize that to give technology we possess to one who
is in need is part of what we are commissioned to do and we want to provide independence to another in need. Doing something like this changes you forever.”
Mongolia’s economy is centered on agriculture and mining. The majority of the population participates in herding livestock and growing crops. The proportion of the population below the poverty line is approximately 30-35%.
“As a father of young children, it is very difficult for me to watch a child struggle. I’m excited that we are able to provide an opportunity that will help this child live a more normal life. In so many countries, the handicapped are treated as a burden to their society. By giving her a functional prosthesis, we are truly providing her a life changing product,” says Brent Wight, CP, BOCO. He adds, “It is especially important and special to have this opportunity to work with her during this time of the year while we recognize that we have so much to be thankful for here in
the United States.”
Parts have been donated by Otto Bock, and SPS. Technical support will be provided by Sunstone Lab of Raleigh. Kinston’s very own Hampton Inn is also contributing the hotel stay for her while she is in Kinston. “It is a community effort and we were glad to help, especially when we found out about the need for the child,” manager Travis Baker stated. Tonya Adams, owner of The Beauty Box, stated she will be more than happy to provide her with a mini makeover while she is here on Friday.
Also, she will receive other medical treatment while she is here in the United States and make appearances for speaking engagements at Samaritans Purse International Headquarters in Boone before traveling back to Mongolia. Tours of NC State University’s Cunningham farm in Kinston and other agricultural facilities will also be done while she is here.
EastPoint Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. is located at 213 Airport Rd. Kinston, NC 28504. Interviews could be scheduled on Friday December 1st through Monday December 4th. To schedule an interview contact us at 252.522.3278 or by email at