Project Description

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.