ROMP Ecuador is our central hub for Technology, Development, and Innovation.
Here, we focus on devLab innovation projects, such as the scan-to-print digital fabrication technique, while simultaneously delivering the first three Victoria Hand Project terminal devices to Ecuadorian patients. New relationships with local partner organizations increase patient care options for a growing population of amputees in need. ROMP Ecuador is the birthplace of the now global Climbing for ROMP mobility campaign. ROMP Ecuador enjoys strong academic partnerships with the University of Illinois and the Duke University Duke Engage program. This ROMP site has been the recipient of several US State Department grants for the development of patient advocacy and educational programs since 2015.
Empowering Inspirational People
Bionic Fashion Day
Bionic Fashion Day
Yulexi was an inspirational young woman who lost a leg and sadly her life to osteosarcoma. ROMP provided Yulexi with a prosthesis in 2012 after she lost her right leg above the knee to cancer. She was the founding visionary behind a growing movement, Bionic Fashion Day. Organized by Fundacion Jovenes Contra el Cancer on Feb 5th, 2013 in honor of World Cancer Day, Bionic Fashion Day was a fashion show for cancer patients and survivors with prostheses to show that cancer is not a disability and that beauty goes beyond the physical. Bionic Fashion Day has been reproduced in Venezuela and is planned to launch in more countries in 2015.
Yulexi was the recipient of a ROMP running prosthesis in early 2014.
She was selected in July 2014 as a Beauty Queen in Buena Fe, Ecuador. She was the first Ecuadorian amputee honored as a beauty queen and she captured the hearts and minds of everyone who heard her story. Tragically, she passed away on September 4, 2014. She was 16 years old. Her story will live on through everyone who knew and loved her. ROMP is producing a documentary film about mobility in Ecuador that will share Yulexi’s message with the world.
Photo courtesy of www.noticiascaracol.com
Santiago Quintero is a professional mountaineer and amputee who lost the front half of both of his feet to frostbite while completing a daring solo climb of Aconcagua in Argentina. After spending many years recovering and testing out prosthetic limbs Santiago returned to the mountain. As an amputee he reached the summits of: Broadpeak (26,414 ft / 2007), Makalu (27,825 ft / 2008), Cho Oyu (26,906 ft / 2011), Gasherbrum II (26,362 ft / 2011), Shishapangma (26,289 ft / 2013), and Everest (29,029 ft / 2013). These six peaks represent almost half of the fourteen 8,000+ meter peaks on the planet. All of them (most notoriously K2) are on Santiago’s hit list. He climbs without supplemental oxygen and is therefore part of a small elite group of professional climbers pushing the limits of human survival.
ROMP formally sponsored Santiago and provided him with a new pair of prosthetic legs in the Summer of 2014. He used these devices to climb all 15 of the 6000 meter / 19685 feet PLUS peaks in Bolivia in 60 DAYS!!! Needless to say, Santiago is an inspiration. His love for the mountains is surpassed only by his love for life. ROMP supports Santiago’s personal projects (K2 and beyond). ROMP and Santiago Quintero are developing an amputee climbing program (Range Of Mountain Project) schedule to launch in 2015 – Ecuador.
Photo courtesy of www.santiagoquintero.com