I lost both my legs below the knees to a devastating disease at the age of 29. The Drs said that I would not live, and then they said I would never walk again. I never accepted that as fact and today, not only do I walk independently, but I also frequent the gym, and I am in the process of getting running legs. Having prosthetic legs has changed everything in my life. I drive without adaptive assistance, I work, I have a great social life, and I frequently stand on podiums and give speeches about the vaccine preventable disease I contracted: Bacterial Meningitis. I wear my prosthetics with pride and I am constantly stopped by people who tell me that I am a great inspiration to them. My struggles have been significant over the years, but I am grateful for every day that I can wake up and put on my prosthetic legs. Being able to walk as I did before my illness means everything to me. More than words can even express.
-AM, Austin, Texas
I cannot express how much good the Prosthetic Foundation has done for me. I am getting used to walking with my new prosthesis, improving my balance every day with no problems. My mobility has greatly improved. I visited my prosthetist who had to reset it a little, but I feel very good with how they have taken care of me. I am feeling a lot better and am very pleased with The Foundation.
-Jimmy L Keith
In June of 2015, Julie broke her foot and had a bone graft done in order to alleviate the damage from the injury. During that process she contracted MRSA. After healing from the graft she had a metal extraction placed on her foot to try prevent MRSA from spreading further.
But that wasn’t the worst of it. When Julie went back to the hospital to have the metal extraction removed she was told that she had a severe bone infection. Due to the severity of the bone infection, Julie had her left leg amputated as that was the only way to keep the infection from spreading. That was in May of 2016. Since that time she was left using a wheelchair and walker with wheels to move around.
On September 6, 2017, Julie received funding from The Prosthetic Foundation to obtain a prosthesis. Now, she is able to walk around like she did before she broke her foot.
“I thank The Prosthetic Foundation for helping me receive my leg. With my new leg, it is so much easier to get around without the wheelchair and walker,” said Julie.
My prosthesis has helped me want to get up out of bed every morning. It has given me the ability to walk to the mail box instead of drive. It has made me able to chase my 4 year old daughter out in our back yard and the ability to play t-ball with her. I'm so thankful for my prosthesis because if it wasn't for it, I wouldn't be able to do the everyday things I want to do for myself and my daughter
-Lindsey Clark, San Antonio, Texas
Even through Roland has been a diabetic for years, he never expected what happened to him in 2016.
After a fall, he injured his toe but didn’t think much about it. Over the next few weeks he started to develop what he initially thought was a blister on his toe. After several visits to doctors where he was told to keep the area clean he ended up in the ER one afternoon. From 4 p.m. that afternoon to 11 p.m. that night he went from having all functional limbs to an amputation due to the spread of an infection in that toe.
Even though he has struggled financially and emotionally since that time, he is grateful not only for the wonderful support he received from his family but also for The Prosthetic Foundation that helped him obtain a prosthesis. “Without the Foundation, I wouldn’t be able to walk and get back to life. The people of The Foundation who showed compassion help me believe again, believe that there are good people who want to help others. Because of The Prosthetic Foundation I am a better person.”
-Roland G., San Antonio, Texas
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