Bree McMahon’s Comeback Story

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

Bree McMahon from Scott O'Leary on Vimeo.

Excitement Grows for Reveal of Amy Purdy’s New Legs on Dancing with the Stars!

amyderekballetIn this article, Derek Hough talks about the idea for Amy Purdy‘s new dancing legs–suggested by her “prosthetics maker.”   #POAproud #thinkoutsidethebox #DWTS #Team Amy #PurdyHough     Click here to see Derek Hough TV Guide Interview

Amy Purdy spoke with #yahoo news about her current Dancing with the Stars gig, and reflected on her past. Well done!  #POAproud #DWTS #TeamAmy #PurdyHough   Click Here to view Yahoo article on Amy Purdy

A Day of “Firsts” for POA’s Samantha (PFFD Amputee), Age 1

Born with a limb deficiency, Samantha recently underwent revision/amputation surgery which allowed her to be fit with a prosthetic leg. This week she celebrated both her first birthday …and her first steps!   Congratulations, Sammy girl!!!!  Following is a link to the video we made to document this special occasion! Samantha’s Day of Firsts!

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MeiMei wins 1st Place in Youth Category at PTRC Triathlon!

Sending a huge shout out and congratulations to POA’s **MeiMei White!** MeiMei finished FIRST in the Youth Category at the Paratriathlon Regional Championship held in Clermont, FL on March 23rd. She is now one of the Top Contenders for the National Championship!!! WOW! Great job, MeiMei! We are so proud of you!!  Article from USA Triathlon Florida Region website

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JR, Bilateral Above Knee Amputee

JR, a bi-lateral above knee amputee who traveled to Orlando from Guam,  is a true example of what can be accomplished with a lot of hard work and determination.  The following video shows JR in various stages of gait, strength, and exercise training.  He also learned how to climb up and down stairs and walk smoothly and with confidence on inclines and uneven terrain.   JR’s Formula for Success

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POA patient Franklin Mejias featured on WFTV Orlando News segment, “12-year-old nearly killed by bacterial infections get chance to walk,” 8/2/2012

WFTV Orlando News was at our facility to interview Franklin Mejias, a young boy who contracted a near deadly bacterial infection which led to the amputation of his hands and both of his legs. POA is providing Franklin’s prosthetic limbs, and in a few months he hopes to be fit with prosthetic hands at a facility in Tampa.

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Walking on Air!! Actually….I’m walking on my new NPS prosthetic socket with Genium Knee and Blade Foot!, 7/12/2012

First day walking on my new prosthesis with Genium knee and Endolite Blade foot. I felt like I was walking on air, and with energy I haven’t felt in years. My kids are having a hard time keeping up with me! I want to jump and run!!! Maybe I will! 😉 Stay tuned for the next update! First day on new prosthesis

POA video Patient Profile on Laura Ortiz, BK Amputee, 6/28/2012

Amputee * Triathlete * Warrior — Laura Ortiz of Miami, Florida is all these things and more. She is an example of how the power of determination and persistence can help you triumph over the difficulties life can throw at you. Whether you are a new amputee learning to walk with your prosthesis, or setting your sights on running or participating in the sport of triathlon, Laura’s spirit and personal commitment to succeed is sure to inspire you! POA Patient Profile: Laura Ortiz