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
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 and 50Legs.org friends and family joined together to cheer on little Zayden as he took his first steps on his finished prosthesis. He was so happy to see his new “toes,” and proud of his Thomas the Train prosthetic leg! This 3-year-old dynamo is going to be up and running in no time!
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