In June of 2008 at the age of 68, I became a below knee amputee due to a lawn mower accident. With no local trauma center, I was flown to a neighboring state for treatment. My right leg was so mutilated that an amputation below the knee was necessary.
A Prosthetist near there was recommended, and I was fit with a patella tendon bearing prosthesis with a pinn locking system. Post op treatment and adjustments required a two hour drive each way which was quite inconvenient.
After nearly five years, I learned that Central Prosthetics & Orthotics provided services by my home town. I was introduced to Paul Hatcher, where I was seen to evaluate my current prosthetic fit that was giving me problems for some time. Mr. Hatcher took me on as a new patient and designed and fabricated a new total surface bearing suction suspension prosthesis. I readily found this combination to be much more comfortable, allowing me more stability and therefore more mobility.
In addition to being an amputee, I also have a heart condition necessitating that I do cardiac rehabilitation three times per week. Thanks to Mr. Hatcher and Central Prosthetics & Orthotics, having a well fitted prosthesis allows me to continue my exercise regimen, keeping my heart healthy and doing so without pain.
I can truthfully say that even though being an amputee is an inconvenience, with quality care it is not a handicap.