Regas Woods, a congenital bilateral above knee amputee and Paralympic athlete, sent us a photo of him with a pretty incredible new friend. “I met the coolest little famous guy in the airport this morning,” wrote Regas. His name is Zion Harvey, and he’s the first kid to have a bilateral hand transplant. He also has two prosthetic legs. Zion was really excited to meet someone like Regas who excels at competitive sports, even though he has two prosthetic legs. Check out his story below.

Marko Cheseto, bilateral amputee: Future Marathon Man?

 

Marko Cheseto, a paralympic athlete,  recently moved from Alaska to train with us in Orlando.  He is thinking of training for a marathon in the near future.  Why not?  #noboundaries #dreamitdoit

 

Breakfast with Congressman Brian Mast at POA

We are proud to host a fundraising breakfast for Congressman Brian Mast on Friday, July 27th from 8-10am at our Orlando office. Donations are appreciated, but not required. Brian is a long-time patient and friend, and we are proud of his service to our country.  RSVP info and details are specified in the following invite. This event is open to the public. MAST-INVITE-7.27.18 Orlando

Rep Mast represents Florida’s 18th Congressional District. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Mast served in the U.S. Army for 12 years, including under the elite Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and volunteered alongside the IDF in Israel. During his time in service, Rep. Mast was awarded The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Rep. Mast currently serves as a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee.

 

Hulk Hogan & Rebekah Gregory At POA

When Hulk Hogan was at POA a few weeks ago with 50 Legs.org to check up on a little girl he had sponsored for a prosthetic leg, he also sat down with Rebekah Gregory who happened to be in town for a prosthetic fitting. They discussed how the Boston Bombing had impacted Rebekah and her son, and what eventually led her to establish Rebekah’s Angels Foundation,
a non-profit created to help children with PTSD due to trauma. They also had some nice things to say about POA and our POA kids!

Opportunity for Vets at PNC Father-Son Challenge Golf Tournament 2017

Attention all local active military, reservists and retirees: Here is an event you won’t want to miss!
In addition to free admission to the PNC Father-Son Challenge tournament at the Ritz Carlton Golf Course this weekend, all active military, reservists, retirees and their families are invited to join them on Saturday, December 16th at 11:00am for the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Military Clinic featuring Billy Hurley III.
PGA TOUR player and former Navy Officer, Billy Hurley III will be offering up tips on how to improve your putting game. The clinic will take place at the practice putting green located near the clubhouse. No equipment necessary.

Bilateral Amputee Runs with Husband for First Time Since Losing Her Legs

Kelie ran with her husband for the first time since she lost her legs, taking back another ability! Sharing moments like this never gets old! #blessings #takingbackabilities #recovery #movingforward #prosthetic #leg #running #poa #noboundaries

Jaelyn’s 1st Prosthetic Leg – She’s On Her Way!

Jaelyn’s prosthetic journey has begun, and it was so awesome that she had the encouragement and support of the new friends/peers she met at POA throughout the week! Born with a rare bone disorder, Jaelyn has spent most of her life undergoing procedures to improve the function of her leg, including limbing lengthening. With a prosthetic leg, Jaelyn was able to walk without a walker for the first time in her life, and once surgery is completed on her other knee, she hopes to run! Thanks to Maria, Harriet, Jack, Jan, Celeste and everyone who encouraged and inspired Jaelyn and her mom during the week! #poafamily #proud #dreamcometrue #amputeelife #onherway

Dana, Hip Disarticulate: Amazing Story of Survival and Perseverance

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

Gomez Orthotic System (GOSS) for Spinal Deformities now available at POA

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: