Below Knee Amputee
Like many amputees, David didn’t think that he would ever be one. He knew little about prosthetics, and when he was faced with becoming an amputee, he thought access to the many things he enjoyed would not be available anymore.
“Growing up in a small town, I’d known one person, he was in his fifties or sixties, had a prosthetic, and he never talked about it,” says David. “I would see prosthetic commercials and not really pay much attention, ’cause nobody thinks they’re gonna be an amputee. Once it hit me, I thought, ‘wow, life’s basically over. I’m not gonna be able to do much of anything.’”
David came to Fourroux, and his thoughts quickly changed. He learned about prosthetics and how they are made. He learned about all the choices he had, and worked with the Fourroux Staff to determine what was best to allow him to go back to doing all the things he enjoyed.
“I was completely wrong in my outlook at prosthetics. I figured it’d always be painful,” recalls David. “I didn’t realize how comfortable prosthetics are these days. Within six months, I was running. In seven months, I was back waterskiing.”
“Since then, I learned how to surf and snowboard.” continues David. “I wasn’t expecting that at all. And it’s the prosthetic, I know. It’s because of Fourroux.”
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“Fourroux did it. It really is the first time that anybody seemed to listen or hear me.”
— Fern, Below Knee Amputee