And here she is….. Anna-Saphia taking her first steps with her prosthetic leg! She did great!!!!
Following message is from POA patient Leo Morales of Mexico. We are blessed to be part of your team, Leo!
“The Doctor’s said because of the cancer and because i am a Hip Disarticulated i will not even wear a prosthetic leg.
Thanks to God, Stan Patterson, all the POACFL team, my loved wife , family and friends for all the support.
Now I’m able to walk and also to run, we are training very hard to make a full marathon.
I want to change the perception of the people with disability, we are able to do even amazing things.
‘Disability is in our mind, not in our body’.
Thanks God, Stan Patterson , my loved wife , family and friends for all the support and to make this possible.”
6-year-old Brett Bolton, born without a leg, has come a long way since he was adopted from an orphanage in China 4 years ago. Not only is his running, walking, and keeping up with other kids his age, Brett also excels at gymnastics. He recently competed in a competition with able-bodied kids and took 2nd place in floor exercises! View this video to see his winning performance —>Brett at Gymnastics Competition
A few weeks after his competition, Brett stopped by the office and showed us some of his new moves. We can’t get enough of this kid and his boundless, positive energy! Brett doesn’t let anything slow him down!
Leo Morales lost his leg at the hip to cancer in 2008. We met he and his wife a few months later, when they arrived in the U.S. looking for a prosthetic practice that would be willing to work with him to achieve his goals. As a hip disarticulate, that would require a a lot of motivation and dedication from Leo, and he delivered it, 110%.
When he returned to Mexico, Leo made a promise that he would bring disability awareness into the spotlight in his country. Next month, Leo will be attempting to establish a new Guiness World diving Record by descending 122 meters into the ocean. Leo is receiving extensive attention from the press regarding this feat, and he is using it to fulfill the promise he made to Stan.
From Leo Morales… “Please show and share with all my loved friends there in POA. Thanks to all of you guys, you give me the motivation to establish a world record. Please tell Stan he make this happen. See you soon.” Click on following link to view the video “DEEP DIVING WORLD RECORD (for) PEOPLE (with) DIFFERENT CAPABILITIES”——->> Leo Morales
To read more about Leo, check out his Patient Profile Page Leo Morales, Hip Disarticulate Amputee
POA’s Josh Olson, a hip disarticulate amputee, is representing Team USA in shooting at the Paralympic Games. Josh is the first ever active duty service member to be nominated to the Team. POA’s NPS hip disarticulate prosthetic system, also known as “the Olson socket,” was developed for Josh by Stan Patterson in response to a request from Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital. The following video link shows Josh preparing for a day of shooting practice, which includes donning his prosthetic leg.
—> Josh Olson USA Paralympic Shooting Team
Meet 6-year-old Brett, one of POA’s pint-sized dynamos! Born in China missing his left leg – from the hip joint down – walking was not an option for him. But when the Bolton family adopted Brett and brought him to the U.S., a whole new world opened up for him. click here –> Brett Bolton video
We fit Dan Gade, a hip-disarticulate amputee with the Otto Bock Genium Bionic Knee System this past week. He didn’t think it would live up to it’s hype, but decided to try it anyway. He’s glad he did. Before he left our office to return to his position at West Point Academy, he played a round of golf with Stan. Hip Disarticulate Playing Golf using Genium bionic knee