A doctor who wants you to pay it forward

By Nadine Leoncio, 'Ako Ang Simula'

Posted at Jun 23 2012 06:08 PM | Updated as of Jun 24 2012 02:10 AM

Is there an end to a doctor’s dedication? For Dr. Penny Bundoc, there is none.

As an orthopedic doctor, Bundoc devoted her life to serving amputees. She is a resident doctor at the Philippine General Hospital but she frequently visits places like Paradise Heights in Smokey Mountains to look for disabled people who need help. If she finds one, Bundoc will look for donors who are willing to fund an artificial leg or a wheelchair.

Dr. Penny Bundoc

The artificial legs are from the School of Prosthetics and Orthotics of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc., Cambodia Trust and the Nippon Foundation.

Employing the “pay it forward” concept, the amputees whom she had helped also started looking for other disabled who are in need of support. Bundoc is grateful that she has influenced other people to help.

Bundoc admitted that her motivation is her own family. They have a hereditary eye sickness which eventually leads to blindness. His father and two siblings are blind. But the illness was never a hindrance for the Bundoc family members to live their lives fully. They support Bundoc in her advocacy for the disabled.

Hailed as an Ako ang Simula’s Patroller ng Pagbabago, Bundoc continues to look for more amputees who need help and of course, will also be agents of change in the future.