This is the story of a true warrior! Dana had been a runner all her life, until a series of events beginning in 2002 led to the amputation of her leg through the hip joint in 2014. Surgery for a stress fracture was unsuccessful and was followed by a knee replacement in 2006. Still in pain and fighting recurrent infections, Dana underwent a second knee replacement a year after that, but that didn’t stop the decline in her health as the infection continued to rage. In 2007, Dana’s leg was amputated above the knee and for the next 7 years she sustained repeated revisions of the limb as they chased the infection, eventually leading the the amputation of her leg at the hip in 2014. She was fit with her first Hip Disarticulate socket, but later that year Dana fell and broke her pelvis. Still determined to walk, she resumed wearing her prosthesis, but then suffered a broken rib from the socket! Despite the discomfort, Dana continued to wear the prosthesis for short periods of time – she was not willing to give up on her wish to walk again, but spent most of her time on crutches. We met Dana earlier this year when she expressed an interest in our patented hip disarticulate system. Within a week she was walking confidently inside the parallel bars, and the next week she was walking outside the bars with a cane as she learned how to walk up/down stairs and ramps. She’s now home in St. Louis and reports that she is back to doing many things she has not been able to do for years! #warrior #fighter #strong #independence #noboundaries
We are pleased to add a new patient care service to our list of specialties at POA. Gomez Orthotic Systems, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, has begun treating patients with abnormal curvatures of the spine in our Orlando office. The GOSS method, created by Jose Miguel Gomez, MD, is a unique conservative treatment for spine deformities. This method puts an emphasis on the importance of providing optimum overall spinal balance and stability. For further information and appointment availability, please refer to the Gomez Orthotic Systems website: Gomez Orthotic Systems
The following video demonstrates the treatment and fitting of the GOSS on a scoliosis patient:
Now that Mirai has a new, taller prosthesis with a “big girl” carbon fiber foot, look out mom and grandma – she’s a girl on the run! Thanks to Steve Chamberland 50legs.org for partnering with us again. Let the shenanigans begin! 😀 ❤️ #poakids #50legsrocks #prosthetics #kids #noboundaries
We met Bree six years ago, just a few weeks after the tragic accident that resulted in the amputation of one leg above the knee, and severe injuries to the other. Bree, sitting up in her hospital bed, eyes bright with curiosity and determination, clutched a bright green soccer shoe while we explained the prosthetic fitting process. “I need to be able to wear this shoe,” she explained. “I have a scholarship to play soccer in college, so I have to get back in shape as soon as possible.” Although we knew it would be difficult for an above-knee amputee to compete and participate in college level soccer, there was something in Bree’s eyes that told us, if anyone can do it, it’s her. So, from hospital room to prosthetic leg fittings, to working out and strength training, Bree fought back. The next year, Brevard College honored the scholoarship they had awarded her before the accident. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Bree practiced with the team every day. She even played in a couple of the games. She has a passion for coaching, and enjoys volunteering her time and skills at Nubability, a non-profi camp for amputees. Since graduating from college Bree continues to work in the world of her beloved soccer, as an assistant coach at Mars Hill University. #noboundaries #poa #prosthetics #amputee #adaptive
Fifty-nine-year-old Mark Daignault lost his leg below the knee in 1981 as the result of a motorcycle accident. For 26 years he suffered pain and sores, only able to walk short distances with a cane before sitting down to rest. “All that time I believed that this agony was an amputee’s way of life,” says Mark. “I did not realize that all the pain and sores were due simply to old technology; after all, I thought I was seeing the best prosthetic providers I could find.”
It was by chance that Mark found himself at POA. His long-time prosthetist had passed away and he needed a part for his leg. “Upon my first conversation with Stan he indicated to me that he’d build me a leg that would change my life,” Mark remembered. “He also told me that my sores would go away. I took those statements with a grain of salt, but want you to know that everything he promised me has come true.”
“I have not experienced a single sore since being fitted with that prosthesis, seven years ago. I now truly enjoy playing my favorite sport of golf without getting exhausted after just nine holes. I can play 18, 27, 36 holes of golf without effort and am ready the next morning to go right back out and play again. I even played 47 holes the other day, a feat two-legged golfers don’t even attempt. Chores around my home that I used to dread are now simple. I can literally walk forever without pain and I have no idea where all my canes are. There really isn’t anything I cannot accomplish now.”
“The atmosphere of the POA office, because of Stan and his staff, is one of warmth, kindness, respect and understanding. I thank everyone at POA for truly changing my life and allowing me to be capable of anything I wish to do in life. I wish that all amputees would make the life changing appointment to see Stan and his staff at POA.”
Mark lives in Deltona, Florida, enjoying life to the fullest with his wife and three daughters.
POA client Colin Cook is confident enough to flip/jump off a bridge and into the water wearing his prosthetic leg. Colin knows his socket will stay on, no matter what challenges he puts it through. #NoBoundaries #poa
7-year-old POA Orlando client Katie Eddington made the news twice this week; first in her home state of Kentucky and then on CNN national news! This pint-size dynamo made the decision to amputate her leg last December, and has never looked back! During her most recent visit to POA we fit her with a running prosthesis with a special blade, and now Katie is training to run a 5K. Run like the wind, Katie! #POAproud #NoBoundaries
POA client Celeste Corcoran, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombing 3 years ago, stopped by last Friday for a “prosthetic tune-up” before attending a vigil for victims of the recent terror attack here in Orlando. The next day, Celeste and nine of her fellow bombing survivors visited Pulse nightclub shooting survivors in their hospital rooms, offering love, hope, and support. Following is link to Boston Globe article on the group’s visit to Orlando. Marathon Survivors Visit Victims of Pulse Nightclub Shooting
Long-time POA client Jim Ramage and his lovely wife, Deb, pose for a photo with Roger before returning home to Pennsylvania after a week at POA. A bilateral (AK/BK) amputee, Jim does the type of difficult manual labor that most able-bodied men couldn’t do – heavy equipment repair and welding. To do this job as an amputee, Jim says he simply requires two things – the right attitude and the right prostheses.