Haiti Earthquake Anniversary: Amputees Find Outlet In Soccer (PHOTOS)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – MacKendy Francois lost a leg in Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake, one of thousands whose limbs were amputated so they could be extricated from the rubble or to stop a dangerous infection. (Scroll down for photos) The 2…

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – MacKendy Francois lost a leg in Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake, one of thousands whose limbs were amputated so they could be extricated from the rubble or to stop a dangerous infection. (Scroll down for photos)

The 23-year-old is one of the lucky few who have found an unlikely outlet in amputee soccer, a physically demanding sport that advocates for the disabled hope will create new opportunities for Haitians who have lost limbs and are now struggling to survive.

Francois, who previously worked in a factory that was destroyed in the earthquake, now plays defense for the Haiti Men’s Amputee National Team, which was set up with the aid of the International Institute of Sport, based in Arlington, Texas, in the aftermath of the disaster.

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