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
Check out Katie on the Matilda Jane website, looking fabulous and modeling some cute clothes! Matilda Jane Clothing Website Link
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 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!
Bella, Iz, and Nico helped Mr. Stan welcome Lulu to POA and showed her all their *abilities*. #NoBoundaries here! Bella is a bilateral above knee amputee (PFFD), Iz is a bone cancer survivor with a Van Ness rotationplasty amputation, and Nico is missing both arms above the elbow. We will be making an above knee prosthesis for Lulu which will actually be her “good” leg while she is undergoing limb lengthening surgery on her other leg. Whatever the reason for or type of amputation, we’re committed to helping all our POA kids live fun and active lives! #poakidsrock #lovethem
At POA, your Success is our Passion. We specialize in engineering and fitting high-performance, high-technology prostheses. Whatever your goals may be, our team of professionals have one focus: to provide you with a prosthesis that will allow you to achieve them. #NoBoundaries
Today we received this video update on Bryan Santana, a little boy born without his lower arms and one leg (at the hip). Last month, he took his first steps EVER in our office! Now he is walking on his own without support!!! How awesome is that?! We are so very blessed. Way to go, Bryan! <3 #Joy #HappyTears #NoBoundaries
Posted by Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates (POA) on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Can superimposed limbs and augmented reality provide phantom pain relief? Interesting article… Click here–> Potential Phantom Limb Pain Treatment for Amputees
Oftentimes, when you have a disability others will put limitations on you, telling you, even in a nice way, what you can’t do. My response to that has always been, “You can’t tell me that. “ And then I’m determined to prove them wrong.”I’ll show you!” It’s actually been very motivational for me, and at times, just the nudge I need! The following story illustrates this point, and the power of having a positive perception of yourself.
“Who’s handicapped?,” asked Ellie, with a puzzled look on her face. Her dad, who had just pulled into a disabled parking space, paused for a minute. “Indeed,” he thought, as his heart swelled with love for his young daughter. “Who is handicapped? Certainly not Ellie!”
Ellie is a smart, energetic, 8-year-old girl with a self-assured quiet confidence. She likes to run, ride her bike, swim, and recently perfected her one-handed cartwheel technique. She’s not much different from most girls her age except for one thing – Ellie wears a prosthetic leg.
Children born with a limb deficiency in China are usually placed in an orphanage, and such was the case for Ellie. Fortunately, she was adopted by a loving and caring couple from the U.S., and doesn’t remember her early life in China.
Ellie’s parents don’t treat her differently than they do her siblings. They all have varied interests and are allowed to participate in the activities of their choice. As I mentioned above, Ellie enjoys running and riding her bike. She also loves to do cartwheels – and is very good at them!
Although she certainly knows that she is different than other children, she doesn’t see her limb difference as a handicap. It’s that perception and attitude that lets Ellie be who she is, which is a normal 8-year-old girl. “I’m just me,” is what she would probably say to someone who asks why she is missing a leg. “This is who I am.”
by Karen Hughes, 4/25/2012