Below Knee Amputee
Mark is one of the few 62 year olds still playing football and one of the even fewer 62 year olds playing on a prosthetic leg! Over 8 years ago Mark suffered from a triple callous on the side of his left foot. After seeking medical attention his foot quickly turned purple and doctors told him 2 toes needed to be amputated. After a few medical mishaps Mark lost his entire leg due to focal gangrene. Mark recently sat down to share his story with other Progressive O&P patients… Read the Full Interview
Danny was badly burned in a Long Island house fire two decades ago; his arms and legs were amputated due to his injuries. For years, he used hooks and other appliances to continue his normal activities, which include driving and golf. Recently, however, Progressive O&P fitted Danny with a set of Ottobock Michelangelo robotic hands, which let him grip, pinch, and hold objects very comfortably. Danny controls his new hands by his contracting muscles, which create signals that are translated into natural hand motion. As Danny told CBS News’ Carolyn Gusoff, his new hands are ““really a game changer.”
Below the Knee Amputee
Joe Johnson – a former U.S. Marine with a highly active physical life and an active job arranging theatrical sets — lost his lower leg in a 2010 motorcycle accident. While recovering, a friend recommended that he see Progressive O&P’s Dan Bastian for advice about how an appropriate prosthetic device could help him regain mobility. O&P fit Joe with several prosthetic devices optimized for recreation and work; today Joe has returned to his job and now participates in rigorous “sprint triathlons,” and has taken up Karate as well.
Suzanne Vitale lost her left hand in 2012 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As she attempted to flee the storm-damaged area, where there was no power for traffic lights, her car was struck by another vehicle and overturned, severing her hand. Progressive O&P fitted Suzanne with a high-technolgy electric prosthetic hand and works with her twice a week to retrain her muscles and brain to control the hand. Suzanne is putting her new left hand to work and, as she told CBS News’ Jessica Schneider, is well on her goal: “to get back to work, to get back to life.”