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Marine Amputee Finds Solace in Surfing, Makes Lasting Friendships in Clinic
Toran Gaal is a former infantry squad leader who now lives in Valley Center, California. He’s participating in the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Surfing Clinic, which he said helps him to feel like himself again.
Oklahoma high schoolers wanting to donate prosthetic hands to community
The students at Dove Science Academy are actually creating hands for those in need. "We were sort of brainstorming what we could do to help the community and that's when we realized we could build prosthetic hands for kids and that's what got me really excited,” Axel Castillo said. The high school students in this engineering class are making prosthetics using simple materials that all start with a 3D printer. The prosthetics are built in different sizes for different ages.
Bronx man with prosthetics competes as powerlifter
Diego Hernedez was severely disabled after being electrocuted as a child. Despite about 60 surgeries, burns to a majority of his body and the amputation of his arm, the 24-year-old recently competed in his first powerlifting competition. Hernedez trained at the Powerhouse Gym in the Bronx and used special arm attachments and a little creativity. People working out at the gym compliment him and say he has become an inspiration to everyone.
The story of a young amputee and his three-legged dog earned a windfall for animal shelter
A boy who lost his leg to cancer came to the Front Street Shelter in Sacramento one day in search of a dog with similar disabilities. He left with a large, slobbery canine amputee named Logan. Eight months later, the video story of their perfect match has captured the 2017 grand prize in a Petco Foundation contest about animal adoptions, besting 3,500 other entries and earning the city’s shelter $100,000.
Double Amputee gives others a leg up
Jerry Tibs lost his legs due to medical complications with his heart, but he wouldn't let that stop him from helping others. He uses his life as a double amputee to show others that there is still life after limb loss and has worked with Illinois Agrability Unlimited, which assists farmers with various physical challenges remain on their farms and keep farming in addition to other support groups.
High-tech neuroprosthetic ‘Luke’ arm lets amputee touch and feel again
Kevin Walgamott lost most of his arm in an electrical accident 14 years ago, but last year he heard about work being done at the University of Utah on an expiremental robotic arm, that would be controlled by the amputee's nerves, which could give the sense of touch back to the wearer. Researchers dubbed it the “Luke” arm, after the legendary Jedi of Star Wars fame. It was developed by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, with additional funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Double Amputee Shares Her Story to Inspire Others
Despite losing her left arm and much of her left leg in a horrific crash on Medford’s North Foothill Road two months ago, Klamath Falls resident Chelsea Gamble said she is working hard to focus on a positive outlook on life. Despite losing her left arm and much of her left leg in a horrific crash on Medford’s North Foothill Road two months ago, Klamath Falls resident Chelsea Gamble said she is working hard to focus on a positive outlook on life.
Local man competes in triathlon after being double amputee
On Mother’s Day 2016, Alex Hearn awoke to a day much like every other. But by the time he’d go to sleep that night, he would be battling for his life and soon would be without his legs.He lost his legs in a car accident and wasn't sure when he'd be walking again. Thanks to his physical therapist and The Scott Rigby Foundation, Alex was able to participate in a Half Ironman triathlon in August.
Child amputee to get surprise meeting with dog amputee
An Indiana boy who lost his legs due to severe burns is in store for a heartwarming surprise - a meeting with an amputee dog. Owen, 10, suffered burns across 98 percent of his body when he was 2 years old. The injuries caused him to have both his legs amputated this year. Chi Chi, a 3-year-old golden retriever, was rescued from horrible conditions and had all four legs amputated. Like Chi Chi, Owen was adopted after the scalding incident that caused his burns. Due to the incident, his biological mother lost custody of him.
Woman using amputation to help fellow amputees
Nikki's leg was amputated in Chicago, where she received support from other amputees. That support was vital to her recovery. But something was missing when she came back home to central Illinois. "When I got here all those peer visits stopped,” says Nikki. “There were no longer people coming to see me whom had shared experience in amputation." When she discovered the peer support groups weren’t around in central Illinois, she decided to start Central Illinois Amputees
Boston Green Beret amputee set for another tour
Not once after his right leg shattered in Afghanistan in 2013, during a year of surgeries and the months spent learning to walk on a prosthetic leg, did Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Lavery consider settling for a medical discharge or ending his Army career behind a desk. In January, Lavery will deploy again — where, he can’t say. But in the meantime, he’s pursuing his master’s degree at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and spending time with his wife, Army Master Sgt. Toni Lavery, and their 6-month-old son, Dominic.
Golden Retriever Therapy Dog with Four Prosthetic Paws Can’t Stop Spreading Smiles
Chi Chi, a three-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever living in Arizona, seems to be smiling in every picture. That’s why it’s so hard to believe all Chi Chi went through before finding her forever home with Elizabeth and her family in Phoenix. Chi Chi is originally from South Korea where she was found in a dumpster, apparently left for dead. Incredibly, a rescue group found her and got her to a vet who realized the only way to save her was to amputate all four of her legs.
Man Wants Fellow Amputees to Know They Can Live Full Lives
18 Year Old Makes Innovative Prosthetics from Recycled Plastic
Aaron Westbrook was born with only one hand. Several years ago, while a freshman at New Albany High School in Ohio, he tried out his first prosthetic. It didn’t fit well, and cost about $40,000, a somewhat staggering sum, considering he would eventually outgrow it. So Westbrook, decided to make his own, using the 3D printer in his school’s fab lab.
Veteran Amputee Plans to Rejoin Air Force Pararescue
August O'Neil was wounded in Afghanistan serving as a Air Force Para-Rescuer, a combat medic who jump out of aircraft to reach wounded personnel, he was shot in the leg while giving medical treatment to a wounded Marine. He lost his leg due to this injury.
Meet the grandma who crochets personalised dolls with missing limbs for amputee chidren
56-year-old Andrea Harrison. She’s been bringing joy to children who have had limbs amputated by crocheting them personalised dolls with matching missing limbs, in a bid to help them feel more included. Andrea, who lost her own right leg to type 1 diabetes, started the project after coming across a Facebook post about an eight-year-old amputee, Ffion.
Pete the parrot is getting a prosthetic foot. Then he has to learn to live with it.
In September of 2016 Pete the Parrot was attacked by a fox. The attack left him scarred and without a leg, but that changed when his owner took him to the University of Pennsylvania's exotic animal hospital and they were able to create a 3D printed prosthetic leg for him!
Student pushes through challenges of being an amputee
Although he’s not yet 13 years old, Braden Moriconi has already overcome a lot in his life. Nearly 10 years ago, a 3-year-old Moriconi was outside playing when he slipped on some grass and fell under a lawnmower, an injury that required amputating part of his left leg and his left foot. But the seventh-grade Northern Cambria Middle School student hasn’t missed a beat as a member of the Northern Cambria junior high soccer team and the Northern Cambria High School marching band.
A Double-Amputee Marine is Training to Run 31 Marathons in 31 Days
Rob Jones loves a challenge. In 2012, he trained for the Paralympics in rowing—he’d never even been in a scull prior to this—and won a bronze medal. In 2013, he took a 5,180-mile bike ride from Maine to California. And now, he’s trained to run 31 marathons in 31 days in major cities across the country.
How a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg helped this amputee win a silver medal at the Invictus Games
Prince Harry honours amputee who lost three limbs in Afghanistan after he wins silver at Invictus Ga
This week, Mark Ormrod, Britain's first triple amputee to survive the conflict, has been honoured by Prince Harry, as he picked up two silver medals in the Invictus Games; the final piece of a decade-long challenge to get his life back on track.
Colton Ward, an amputee, set for Rider varsity debut
Marine veteran amputee climbs to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro for a good cause
Marine veteran, Cpl. Kionte Storey, who lost his leg in Afghanistan in 2010, climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro for the #Give2Veterans campaign. Waking up around midnight on Aug. 25, Marine Cpl. Kionte Storey began his final trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, the culmination of months of rigorous training that led him to the top of Africa’s highest peak.
3-Year-Old Who Lost All Her Limbs to Meningitis Takes Her First Steps on Prosthetic Legs
Double amputee walks the beat in Suffolk
Libertyville amputee running 5K to help get crutches to kids in need
Injuries prevented Patrick Scheibler from running the past several years, so the Libertyville resident has been on the sideline as a volunteer for his hometown's annual Twilight Shuffle 5K fundraiser. But on Sunday, Scheibler -- now a self-described "one-legged man" -- will be back in the field on crutches after a life-changing decision to have the lower part of his left leg removed.
This Badass Mom, Teacher, and Amputee is Redefining What “Real Beauty” Truly Means
Diana Wright is a wife, mother of two daughters, and school teacher who lost her leg in an accident a few years ago. But through her passion and strength, Wright has shown time and time again that while the accident may have changed her body, it did not shake her spirit. She’s hit goal after goal when it comes to her recovery, not only learning how to walk again, but also to run; and her infectious positivity is nothing short of inspiring.
Amputee Charlie Lewis On The Freedom Running Gives Him
For Charlie Lewis, running is about far more than keeping fit or clearing his head. It’s about the freedom to explore the world around him and challenging his body to achieve ever greater feats. Lewis knows better than most the benefits of running; he had to endure ten years without it after a snowboarding accident when he was teenager.
Amputee to Reattempt Lake Swim Friday
A Massachusetts man with a prosthetic leg will make another attempt at swimming the length of Lake Winnisquam on Friday. Mike Welsch, who has managed to swim every New Hampshire lake except for Winnisquam, planned to hit the waters on Aug. 17, until a medical emergency forced him to postpone his attempt at checking off the last one on his list.
Double-amputee golf enthusiast back on course
He may have lost both his legs, but Edward Urquhart’s golf game is stronger than ever. The 28-year-old golf enthusiast lost his limbs in a motorcycle crash last year, but treatment at West Park Healthcare — one of the few in-patient centres in Canada that provides amputees with rehabilative care from start to finish — equipped him with a new outlook on life.
Kids getting Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars prosthetics
Iron Man is one of the coolest and most popular superheroes out there. But even Iron Man needs some cool tech to help him overcome the odds. Now, children with prosthetics have a chance to be part Iron Man as they overcome challenges of their own.
Bryant amputee finishes first Alaskaman Triathlon
Amputee Officer Competes in Olympics of Law Enforcement
Michael Crowe is not only an amputee, he is a police officer who competed in the 2017 LA World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles. The 28-year old took part in both the dead lift and the bench press competitions competing against law enforcement athletes from around the world.
Former NFL linebacker, powerlifter inspire Louisville amputees
This week, competitive power lifer Ali McWeeny joined retired NFL linebacker David Vobora at the Amputee Coalition National Conference in Louisville for an adaptive training event that catered to amputees who were interested in remaining physically active.
Amputee Model Proves Her Many Doubters Wrong
Family Raises Money, Awareness for Scholarships to Camp for Prosthetics, Limb Loss
Florida university makes technology to help people with prosthetics to play video games
Students make 3D printed prosthetics for people in need
Local students are taking what they learned in the classroom and are using those skills to help others. Using 3D printing technology, students from Vertus High School printed and assembled hands and arms for children and people in need in Honduras and India.
Children call on their superhero powers to create fanciful prosthetics
Eight children born with different limbs — such as a hand not fully formed or legs that had portions missing — learned how to view their differences as superhero upgrades in a one-day design event called Superhero Cyborgs held at Canopy City, a co-working and incubator space in Somerville, and hosted by a Missouri-based nonprofit called Born Just Right and KIDmob, a design firm based in San Francisco. The event was sponsored by Helping Hands Foundation, and the children worked with volunteer designers.
Free program offers alternative to traditional prosthetic breasts
"Knitted Knockers are a soft, comfortable breast prosthetic that are hand-knitted or crocheted by local ladies," said Jacqui Engstrand, nurse navigator for the Breast Center at Adventist Health. The program began at the hospital last year; the knitted prosthetics are worn beneath a bra, much like traditional prosthetic breasts, but are said to be more lightweight and comfortable than the traditional gel option.
Stacy Paris Forges A New Modeling Career After Losing Her Legs
A woman who had both legs amputated after contracting a flesh-eating bug has overcome her condition to forge a career as a model. Stacy Paris, 30, from Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, is now backing plans to change employment laws to give disabled models more rights. The student, who is studying molecular biology at Glasgow University, is the first Scot to sign up to the Models of Diversity campaign, which wants the government to force agencies to represent one disabled model for every five able-bodied models.
Austin amputee on a path to 2020 Summer Paralympic Games
In the summer of 2015, everything seemed normal for Katie Jackson, she had a thriving dental practice, thinking of starting a family with her husband and in tip-top shape. She ran almost every day. Until, she felt an unusual mass behind her right knee.
Olympic medalist, veteran double amputee swim to fight cancer
Double amputee Sithole hungry for the French Open
South African world number four wheelchair tennis star Lucas Sithole is hard at work on the practice courts as he prepares for the French Open Super Series in Paris from 20 to 25 June. The series is one of six wheelchair tennis events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis tour and has attracted eight of the world’s top 10 quad players in the draw of 24
High school track star with prosthetics topples more records
He was born with a congenital birth defect called fibular hemimelia that caused him to have both legs amputated from below the knee at just 11 months old. He was told that there was a chance he'd never be able to walk.But that hasn't stopped Hunter Woodhall from achieving his goals, in record-breaking fashion.
Worcester students helping kids worldwide by building inexpensive prosthetics
Flagler students create prosthetics for two dogs
Elsa, a 3-year-old snow white German shepherd, would often whine when she saw the other dog in her household running and playing. For owners Mark and Kim Parrish, the reason was clear: She wanted to participate. But Elsa didn’t have that option. A birth defect left her with only three complete limbs; her left front leg was pawless. The best she could do was limp.“She doesn’t get enough exercise,” said Mark Parrish. But that may soon change for Elsa and another canine, thanks to students in an integrated anatomy/physiology and drawing II class at i3 New Tech Academy in Palm Coast
Boy receives functioning 3D printed prosthetic hand built at UT Health San Antonio
People born without a limb or who have lost a limb typically know that custom prosthetics are not only expensive, but insurance often does not cover them. However, with the advent of 3D printing, changes are coming to the prosthetics industry. A local boy got the gift of a hand he’s always wanted and needed.
Marine amputee powers to finish of the Boston Marathon
Waterloo man makes and donates prosthetics
Meet the 24-year-old amputee changing the face of yoga
This March, Kelsey Koch, 24, accomplished a major goal: She opened her own yoga studio in her hometown of Grand Blanc, Michigan. It's an exciting feat for any devoted yogi, but for Koch, it's especially personal: Owning her own studio allows her to host yoga workshops for people with amputations, like herself.
Students 3-D print hand for classmate
When Roy B. Kelley Elementary School teacher Kirsten Provenzano went to a high-tech science fair last year, she hoped to bring back some cool teaching ideas for her own classroom. However, she never imagined she would see something that might change the life of one of her students. Provenzano met a young girl named Lucy who had a 3-D printed prosthetic arm. She immediately thought of one of her own 4th grade students, Ethan. He was born without fingers on his right hand.
Yale, Brown students creating a nonprofit to send prosthetics to amputees in Vietnam
Lauren Scruggs Kennedy starts foundation to help fellow amputees regain confidence
After former model and current fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs Kennedy was sucked into an airplane propeller in 2011, losing her left arm and eye, doctors weren’t sure whether she’d walk or talk again. But over five years later, Kennedy has not only relearned those basic functions and gotten married to E! News host Jason Kennedy — she’s helping others like herself regain their confidence through a new foundation she co-founded.
Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department
The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department.
From a low of leg amputation, redemption comes on two wheels
Paramedic With Prosthetic Mounts Comeback
Cooper Bierscheid: Giving amputees a brighter future
Dad creates a prosthetic arm for his toddler using an Xbox scanner
When now two-year-old Sol Ryan was born in March 2015 with an undetected clot in his upper left arm, surgeons advised amputation through the elbow joint. But there was just one problem – surgeons had said that there was nothing they could do for Sol regarding a prosthetic until he was at least a year old. However, that wasn’t good enough for Ben, and so he decided to take it upon himself to create a prosthetic for his son himself.