It’s a “Marvel-ous” day at POA! #poaorlando
- Zappo’s, an online shoe retailer, has a new program which lets people buy single and mixed size shoes. Very helpful for amputees! Many times the foot on our sound side foot is larger/smaller or more wide/narrow than our prosthetic one. That means we usually need to sacrifice either fit or comfort – or buy another pair of shoes to mix/match, which is both costly and impractical. Now there is an alternative. Thank you, Zappos! https://bit.ly/31syJMD
To our #poaorlando family re COVID-19: Hi, everyone! We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. As an essential care provider, we will be remaining open for patient care. We’re taking every precaution to provide a safe environment, which includes staggering appointments to minimize close contact with others, so give us a call if you need anything!
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, specifically, guidance and updates from the CDC, State, and Local Government. Effective immediately, POA Orlando is implementing the following precautions to help prevent further transmission of this virus in our community:
1. We strongly encourage you to contact us to reschedule your appointment if:
— You have recently traveled internationally or to any high-risk areas within the past 30 days, or live in a high-risk area.
— Are currently (or within the past 48 hours) experiencing any flu-like symptoms, such as: sore throat, cough, fever, sneezing or shortness of breath.
–Have been in contact with anyone exhibiting these symptoms.
2. We are asking all patients to limit the number of additional family/friends during your visit.
3. If it becomes necessary to reschedule your appointment, you will be notified.
The safety and well-being of our patients is our utmost concern, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding!
Marko Cheseto finished 250 overall, 31st in his age group with a time of 2:37:23 at the Chicago Marathon today, smashing the existing World Record of 2:42:24 that he set six months ago at the Boston Marathon! Way to go, Marko — you did it! Your POA family was cheering you all the way to your fantastic finish! Well done!
FYI! Integrum, Inc., is hosting an insight forum on the OPRA Implant System next Wednesday, September 18th at The Delaney Hotel here in Orlando. The OPRA system is a bone anchored prosthesis system based on osseointegration. The forum is open to amputees, prosthetists, PT’s, OT’s and anyone else interested in learning more about osseointegration for amputees.
Daniel, a 14 year old boy from Africa arrived in Orlando yesterday, and today he was up and walking on two legs for the first time in 11 years! When he was 3 years old, a motorcycle fell on Daniel’s legs, and substandard medical care resulted in amputation of both legs above the knee. A missionary group funded travel and arranged to bring Daniel and his father to POA. 50 Legs will be providing running legs. This video shows Daniel’s real time progression from first steps, to walking with two hands, outside the bars with a gait belt, and back in the bars using just one hand! Throughout the day he also met and received encouragement from Isaiah Pead, a former NFL football player who lost his leg in an accident, and Kenny Shaw, who won the National Championship while playing for Florida State. When asked how it feels to be walking on two legs, Daniel’s joyful smile says it all. Stay tuned for updates throughout the month!
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games will be held in Tampa, Florida this June! We’ve been honored to help many amputees compete in these games in past years and look forward to supporting this years’ participants. http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/socom-and-tampa-gearing-up-for-defense-departments-warrior-games-coming-here-in-june-20190115/?fbclid=IwAR312Xkrp-q2ww67tOJ2TWPJhYhykWrynlFVwUCO3ZycCVFru0xiAbr9gpk
25 year old Kris, born with PFFD was labeled a difficult fit & never walked with a prosthetic leg. Thanks to Steve Chamberland and 50legs.org, he found his way to POA where he walked for the 1st time, and so much more! Check this out!
We are very proud of Marko Cheseto – a great athlete and even greater man! He ran the TCS New York marathon and set a new record for bilateral (double) below knee amputees – 2 hours, 52 minutes, 33 seconds. And that was his first marathon! Then Marko returned home to Orlando and became a U.S. citizen the next day. What an amazing week!