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

Radley Gillis’ Takes First Steps on Prosthetic Legs

Radley “Rad” Gillis and his friends/family had been praying about this moment ever since his near-fatal motorcycle accident six months ago. As he stood for the first time, Stan told him to take it easy and not be discouraged if he could only take a few steps. His family, standing close by, said “if anyone can do it, it’s Rad.” So what did Rad, a natural athlete who also excels at wrestling, do? He walked back and forth in the parallel bars with the biggest smile on his face; answered prayers for his family and friends, and a blessing for all of us!

POA client Jeff Bauman Rocking Red Carpet with Jake Gyllenhaal, star of “Stronger”

POA client Jeff Bauman looking great on the red carpet with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Jeff in the movie, “Stronger,” which opened on Sept 22nd! Jeff is wearing his “designer” POA prosthetic legs and sporting two fabulous TaiLor Made prosthetic feet!

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

Rebekah Varney, BK amputee & Boston Marathon Survivor – Living Life to the Fullest!

Written by POA client Rebekah (Gregory) Varney, after two recent beach vacations:
“Sometimes it is not until you lose something, that you realize how much you took it for granted. For me it’s my leg. When I think back to everything I could’ve done on two good legs and didn’t, or all the mornings I jumped into the shower without thinking about it etc, I get sad. But instead of dwelling on what could’ve been, I look at now. And now I have a second chance. A second chance to live like I didn’t before. A second chance to do all the things on a fake leg that I didn’t do on two real ones. Is it hard? Insanely. Every day presents new challenges and obstacles than the previous one. But this right here, is the life I have. And that is what I’m thankful for. Living life to the fullest, because I’ve seen what’s it’s like to almost lose it for good.”
Rebekah says that the confidence she has in her prosthesis allows her to embrace all the opportunities she wishes to pursue.  #noboundaries
Rebekah wears our transtibial socket system with sealing sleeve and uses a  TaiLor Made prosthetic foot, distributed by Ottobock North America, for all activities except water sports. For beach trips and swimming, she switches to a Freedom Innovations swim foot.

Boston Herald article on USA Adaptive Climbing Nationals – June 2017

POA’s Ronnie Dickson reports that the USA Adaptive Climbing Nationals in Boston this weekend were a big success! Text message from Ronnie: “We rocked it out and had over 60 competitors at the adaptive climbing national championships with the furthest coming from Japan and India. We totaled 200 with spectators and volunteers. Jeff Bauman and I made the cover of the Boston Herald and I got him and Jazz (another POA client from Boston area) climbing!” (click on following link to view Boston Herald article.) http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/bill_speros/2017/06/speros_jeff_bauman_battles_back_to_be_stronger

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:

Upper Limb Amputee Research Participants Sought for DoD Supported FIU Study

Florida International University is seeking research participants with a below-elbow amputation for a study on “Neural Enabled Prosthesis for Upper Limb Amputees.” For additional information and contact info, click link below:
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POA’s Celeste Corcoran: “One Boston Marathon Survivor’s Course to Recovery,” article by Gym Source, 4/12/2017

In this article by Gym Source, Celeste spoke of her first visit to POA, four years ago: “Working with POA she began to feel that ‘nothing was taken from me that I can’t get back. I can even be better than I was before.'” Celeste’s great love of people and new knowledge of prosthetics has put her on a quest to help as many amputees as possible acquire the prosthetic limbs they need. Celeste works passionately with Steve Chamberland, founder of 50legs.com, a non-profit foundation which does just that! https://www.gymsource.com/blog/one-boston-marathon-survivors-course-to-recovery/