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
Wow! Otto Bock’s Genium prosthetic leg system was chosen over 14,000 other submissions from 58 countries to receive a prestigious Design Award! Click on following link to read more. O&P Edge article
Chris and Dana Self were featured on CNN’s Piers Morgan program last night as part of a segment on George W. Bush and his commitment to support our troops. President Bush recently hosted the 2nd Warrior 100K mountain bike ride, and Chris has participated in both of them.
Chris Self on CNN's Piers Morgan Show
POA’s Zoe Gibb’s, a below knee amputee, reunited with the helicopter rescue crew that airlifted her to the hospital after her jet-ski accident last year. It’s been a long, tough road since then, but Zoe’s spirit is stronger than any of it! The Ledger Newspaper Article
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
In April 2011, Zoe Gibbs, age 14, lost her leg below the knee in a horrific accident involving the collision of two jet skis. After enduring and recovering from 11 surgeries in the past year, Zoe is eager to reclaim her life as an active teenager. Last week she took her first steps back to independence on her prosthetic leg. With eyes fully focused on the future, the sky’s the limit for this determined girl!