To establish a fund which will help under-served amputees. To see how we are helping, view our article and video in the news.
Helping under-served amputees throughout Texas to obtain quality prosthetics, comprehensive aftercare and to generate public awareness
Loss of limb creates a severe handicap. For many amputees a prosthesis restores full mobility and resumption of normal life activities. In Texas, there are many people who remain handicapped because they cannot afford a prosthesis. Many people are uninsured or unable to pay their co-pay or deductible. Medicaid does not pay for prosthetic limbs. Prolonged wheelchair confinement dramatically increases respiratory and wound complications, risk of pulmonary embolus, and postoperative pain. Diabetes greatly increases the risk of limb loss. San Antonio has twice as many diabetics as any other city in America. The prosthetics foundation, which has recently moved its headquarters to San Antonio, exists to help amputees throughout Texas in need of financial assistance.
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Dedicated to helping under-served amputees throughout Texas obtain a prosthesis and regain the ability to be mobile again, The Prosthetic Foundation was founded in 2010 as a 501 C (3) nonprofit organization. It is estimated that 1 in 10 amputees are unable to obtain a prosthesis due to financial difficulty. We are here to bridge that gap and help amputees throughout the state of Texas walk again with a prosthesis.Read More Donate
When I first was told my leg was going to be amputated, I really thought that my daily life as I knew was going to be over. I would be confined to a wheel chair or crutches for the rest of my life. I was not for sure what truly that would be like but I knew that it was road filled with obstacles and difficulties. However, as the doctors, a fellow amputees and the prosthetic staff begin talking to me. I realized my life would be more normal with the use of a prosthetic. I am blessed because I was going to be a great candidate for one, I have the financial resources to get one and great family and friends and a wonderful team to make it happen.
I have had my prosthetic for about six months now, it has not been easy, there are lots of things that happen along the way to get a great fit. However, it gives me life, it allows me to do almost everything that I was doing before. I have started a new business with partners and I am able to work full time and be on my feet and deal with the riggers of the hectic schedule.
During my journey over the last months, I have come to realize that many individuals don't have the financial resources to have a prosthetic or have the family support to get one. I know what they are facing, the challenges of the life in a wheel chair or crutches, I lived it while I was getting my leg. It makes you not want to go or do anything because it is so difficult. It is difficult for your family and friends. You have to ask for help but you want to do it on your own, you want to be independent but you can't. I am healthy and to walk on crutches to go to the store, movies etc takes a lot of strength and endurance. I took it for granted when I had two legs. There are so many things that you can't do or that are extremely difficult. You can't get to the things and carry things without your two hands because you have them on the crutches. You can't reach for things because you have to balance. The environmental challenges of the lack of sidewalks, stairs, holes in the ground. My prosthetic give me that ability to deal with those obstetrical and challenges.
Everyone that can should have that sense of freedom. It is life changing.