Although born without legs, “Z” has never considered herself disabled. She learned to walk, run, and eventually compete with other athletes, never doubting her ability to take part in any activity she chose to do. Freedom Innovations recently featured “Z” in a video, doing what she does best, which happens to be anything she puts her mind to! Bilateral Amputee Z
“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.”
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
During a visit to a re-hab facility yesterday, Mabio, a POA employee and below knee amputee, was given an opportunity to try running on a Zero Gravity treadmill which had just been delivered to the facility. It was originally designed by NASA to help astronauts train for zero gravity conditions. Mabio said it felt like he was “running in water or air” -it was effortless. This technology is now being used to train athletes and in rehabilitation facilities.
We’re wishing Scout the best of luck at the Paralympic trials this weekend! Go get ’em, girl!
Luna’s walking skills and confidence continue to progress! Luna Youtube Video
Great photo! “A charming encounter between two princesses…”
CBS News report on the BiOM prosthetic ankle/foot. Several POA patients have tried and are currently using this new technology. It keeps getting better! Bionic Men news report
Look who was featured in the Sunday edition of the Kansas City Star! POA’s Tanya Khvitsko, who happens to be a bi-lateral amputee, that’s who! Kansas City Star article and photos
Ronnie Dickson led another successful adaptive climbing event this past weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan. First Climb Photos and Article