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Austin amputee on a path to 2020 Summer Paralympic Games
In the summer of 2015, everything seemed normal for Katie Jackson, she had a thriving dental practice, thinking of starting a family with her husband and in tip-top shape. She ran almost every day. Until, she felt an unusual mass behind her right knee.
Olympic medalist, veteran double amputee swim to fight cancer
Double amputee Sithole hungry for the French Open
South African world number four wheelchair tennis star Lucas Sithole is hard at work on the practice courts as he prepares for the French Open Super Series in Paris from 20 to 25 June. The series is one of six wheelchair tennis events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis tour and has attracted eight of the world’s top 10 quad players in the draw of 24
High school track star with prosthetics topples more records
Worcester students helping kids worldwide by building inexpensive prosthetics
Flagler students create prosthetics for two dogs
Elsa, a 3-year-old snow white German shepherd, would often whine when she saw the other dog in her household running and playing. For owners Mark and Kim Parrish, the reason was clear: She wanted to participate. But Elsa didn’t have that option. A birth defect left her with only three complete limbs; her left front leg was pawless. The best she could do was limp.“She doesn’t get enough exercise,” said Mark Parrish. But that may soon change for Elsa and another canine, thanks to students in an integrated anatomy/physiology and drawing II class at i3 New Tech Academy in Palm Coast
Boy receives functioning 3D printed prosthetic hand built at UT Health San Antonio
People born without a limb or who have lost a limb typically know that custom prosthetics are not only expensive, but insurance often does not cover them. However, with the advent of 3D printing, changes are coming to the prosthetics industry. A local boy got the gift of a hand he’s always wanted and needed.
Marine amputee powers to finish of the Boston Marathon
Waterloo man makes and donates prosthetics
Meet the 24-year-old amputee changing the face of yoga
This March, Kelsey Koch, 24, accomplished a major goal: She opened her own yoga studio in her hometown of Grand Blanc, Michigan. It's an exciting feat for any devoted yogi, but for Koch, it's especially personal: Owning her own studio allows her to host yoga workshops for people with amputations, like herself.
Students 3-D print hand for classmate
When Roy B. Kelley Elementary School teacher Kirsten Provenzano went to a high-tech science fair last year, she hoped to bring back some cool teaching ideas for her own classroom. However, she never imagined she would see something that might change the life of one of her students. Provenzano met a young girl named Lucy who had a 3-D printed prosthetic arm. She immediately thought of one of her own 4th grade students, Ethan. He was born without fingers on his right hand.
Yale, Brown students creating a nonprofit to send prosthetics to amputees in Vietnam
Lauren Scruggs Kennedy starts foundation to help fellow amputees regain confidence
After former model and current fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs Kennedy was sucked into an airplane propeller in 2011, losing her left arm and eye, doctors weren’t sure whether she’d walk or talk again. But over five years later, Kennedy has not only relearned those basic functions and gotten married to E! News host Jason Kennedy — she’s helping others like herself regain their confidence through a new foundation she co-founded.
Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department
The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department.
From a low of leg amputation, redemption comes on two wheels
Paramedic With Prosthetic Mounts Comeback
Cooper Bierscheid: Giving amputees a brighter future
Dad creates a prosthetic arm for his toddler using an Xbox scanner
When now two-year-old Sol Ryan was born in March 2015 with an undetected clot in his upper left arm, surgeons advised amputation through the elbow joint. But there was just one problem – surgeons had said that there was nothing they could do for Sol regarding a prosthetic until he was at least a year old. However, that wasn’t good enough for Ben, and so he decided to take it upon himself to create a prosthetic for his son himself.
UF Students start nonprofit to make prosthetics for kids
Woman starts prosthetics foundation after tornado crushes her legs
It’s been five years since a deadly tornado outbreak tore through parts of Indiana and Kentucky. Amid the devastation, one survivor's story gained national attention -- a mother of two who lost both of her legs while protecting her kids from their crumbling home. Stephanie Decker talked with WLKY about her progress and how she's working to help others.
A dog lover has prosthetic legs made to match his beloved Dalmatians
Veteran Heals Thanks to Amputee Kitten
Amputee Doing Yoga Challeges The Way We Look At Limb Loss
Double amputee set to take on "toughest race on earth"
A former soldier who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan is preparing to take on the "toughest race on earth" to raise money for fellow injured soldiers and "prove" the challenge can be done.
Cat Gets New Tiny Legs So He Can Walk Again
Seven-year-old boy plays hockey thanks to device for amputees
Connor was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality that can cause short fingers, webbing or missing fingers. Thanks to donations to the War Amps for recreational prosthetics, Connor was fit with a device that protects his hand and allows him to hold a hockey stick.
Kansas amputee gets surprise holiday gift: electronic hands
A southern Kansas woman whose hands and feet had to be amputated after she was shot during a robbery got an early Christmas gift — new electronic hands worth $260,000, courtesy of a businessman and his wife.
Athlete and Amputee Michael Stolzenberg Proves the Power of Determination
Double amputee finds kindred spirit in rescue dog
Double Amputee Mike Rolls plays Pro-Am Round with Rickie Fowler
Amputee college football player inspires with story of perseverance
Georgetown junior Kody Kasey was an All-Conference cornerback for the Tigers as a freshmen. A horrific leg injury during his sophomore year sent him down a two-year path that has led to double digit surgeries and, eventually, back to the gridiron
This Amputee Tattoo Artist Turned His Arm into a Prosthetic Rig
With the advancement of prosthetic technology, amputees are finding more and more ways to overcome the limitations of their disabilities. JC Sheitan Tenet lost his right arm 22 years ago, but has been working as a tattoo artist for the last eight, thanks to a prosthetic shell with a tattoo machine mounted on it.
Upper-limb amputee at Johns Hopkins builds computer controller device for feet
Manipulating a mouse or a controller without hands or fingers was frustratingly impossible, but the struggles Gyorgy Levay faced sparked an interest in building devices to make life easier for him and other upper-limb amputees.
The Incredible Ezra French!
Ezra French, 9, from Los Angeles, was born missing four fingers on his left hand and without a fully formed left leg, according to Sports Illustrated. At age 3 he had to have his leg amputated, but the athletic kid has never been held back by his disability.
Lucca: The First American Working Dog Awarded Highest British Military Honor
A retired U.S. Marine dog was honored today with the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, which is the highest British military decoration awarded for valor. Lucca, a German shepherd, received the award after completing 400 missions in six years of active service with allied troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and losing a leg on the battlefield.
Warrior Camp: Outdoor Therapy for Veterans
One by one, the veterans made their inaugural trip up the steep mountainside armed with harnesses and ropes. For most of them, rock climbing was a brand new experience, yet they were scrambling up and repelling down the cliff face at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Colorado, with barely a semblance of a beginner’s nerves. Amid shouts of encouragement and good-humored banter, the Airmen were bonding. While they’d been strangers just the day before, they’d already become a team
Child with prosthetic leg works out with wounded veteran
Abel's new leg allows him to play like a puppy again!
Paralympic Sprinter Regas Woods Going for Gold
In the wake of tragedy, an author finds purpose
Taylor and Danielle Morris, The Hero and His Angel
This Girl Designed Her Own Superhero Prosthetic Arm, And It Shoots Sparkles
In January, Jordan Reeves received an invitation to become a superhero. More specifically, the 10-year-old from Columbia, Missouri was asked to participate in the Superhero Cyborgs program in San Francisco, a workshop hosted by nonprofit KIDmob and 3-D software firm Autodesk.
Dancer who lost leg in Boston Marathon bombings runs again for charity
A kitten and a little girl share a special bond
Boston bombing survivor's charity gives 1st artificial limb
Bilateral Amputee Jami Marseilles Completes the Chicago Marathon
Toddler amputee zooms by parents in new prosthetic
Two days after his birth, his parents, Michael and Sally Lynick discovered their son had tibial hemimelia, a rare condition undetected in an ultrasound. Doctors told them if their son would ever walk, they would face a difficult decision to amputate their son's leg.