This week marks the one year anniversary of the worst earthquake to hit China in over 30 years. The earthquake struck Sichuan province on May 12, 2008, at 2:28 p.m., when students were taking lessons in schools. Thousands of schools collapsed in the earthquake, trapping students under the debris. Among the victims, 5,335 students died or are missing, said Tu Wentao, head of Sichuan's education department, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. More than 500 were permanently disabled. In Hong Kong, Professor K.M. Chan, an Orthopedic Surgeon, knew that many children, who were caught in the debris and had to have amputations in order to survive, were now facing a very long-term rehabilitation. He founded with a group of doctors the aid organization 'Stand Tall'. Its aim - to fit some of the most severely injured with prosthetic limbs. This group has treated thousands of patients, bringing some to Hong Kong, for checkups and rehab work, and is now working with officials in Hong Kong and Mainland China to build a new rehabilitation center closer to the patients' homes back in Sichuan province.
As CNN's Alex Zolbert reports for Impact Your World, this inspiring team of doctors is helping survivors of the Sichuan quake 'Stand Tall.'
To learn more about StandTall, visit their website: http://www.standtallchina.org/
To learn more about this and other organizations that are helping earthquake victims in China, please visit our Impact Your World page.