If you look at the pictures and video from the yearly Freedom to Move mission in the Dominican Republic, it's not hard to see that the joint replacements our team of doctors and nurses perform are trans-formative to the lives of patients. But for many patients, there is an earlier event that changed their lives even more profoundly.
In 2014 Julio Rafael, or JR as he likes to be called, hopped on his scooter to make a quick run to the local market. It was evening and the light on his scooter wasn't working, but JR had made this trip many times. He knew the road so well he could avoid the potholes even without lights. But this night a taxi had parked in an unexpected spot. JR didn't see the taxi until impact.