When Jackson arrived at SBH in fall 2017, he met with then-Chief of Surgery Dr. Luther Ward. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Ward amputated Jackson’s leg. Following the surgery, Dr. Ward told Jackson that One Leg Up On Life (OLUOL), an organization that makes prosthetic limbs, would be at the hospital in the coming year to provide custom prosthetics to the people of southern Haiti. Dr. Ward took down Jackson’s name so he could be contacted to come for treatment when the group arrived.
In early November, Jackson journeyed back to SBH to have his prosthetic leg created by the talented OLUOL team. In addition, he received physical therapy to help him adjust to using his new limb. Jackson’s prosthetic leg has already dramatically changed his outlook on life. He said, “When I lost my leg there were many places that I was afraid to travel to. I was afraid to go to the market, I was really frustrated. Now with my prosthetic leg, I feel like I can go to these places again. I feel great. I feel happy again because of this prosthetic.”