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New Amputee Care Center Opens in Tallinn

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The Amputee Care Center at Magdalena Hospital in Tallinn, established with help from the United States, opened on Wednesday to make returning to ordinary life as easy as possible for patients.  

One of the reasons the US supported the center was the fact that soldiers recover more quickly when they are treated close to home, ETV reported on Wednesday.

The center provides instruction in everything necessary for adjusting to prosthetics, and also has a model apartment for the patient to practice in.

Andrei Vesterinen, who lost a leg while serving in Afghanistan six years ago, said he welcomed the center and said Estonia already has great prosthetics manufacturers. The center also treats civilian cases, which stand at around 500 a year.

The US contribution is more than 400,000 euros, the Estonian state came up with more than 600,000 euros and the hospital provided a couple of hundred thousand euros, the head of the East Tallinn Central Hospital Ralf Allikvee told ETV.

The opnening was attended by US Ambassador Jeffrey Levine, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, Defense Minister Sven Mikser and Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, among other officials.

Ambassador Levine said the US is “proud” to have supported this project and that “Estonia’s wounded warriors will now receive world-class treatment closer to their homes, where family, friends and familiar surroundings will contribute to their recovery.”

The project was the result of six years of US-Estonian cooperation and represents the US’s largest contribution to Estonia through our defense cooperation humanitarian assistance program, the US Embassy said on its official Facebook page.

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