"Patiently" Waiting for Love

The Bride: Kim
The Groom: Donnie

In February 2016, Kim was scheduled to have a below-knee amputation surgery. Like many people in her situation, she was apprehensive and did not know what to expect. Through mutual friends, she met Donnie, a prosthetic patient of Independence Prosthetics-Orthotics who had undergone a below-knee amputation himself about 3 years prior. Donnie became a peer mentor for Kim, guiding her through her emotions and explaining how the whole process worked from surgery to learning to walk with a prosthetic leg. Donnie has worked with prosthetist Jocelyn Wong Neill CPO and through his experiences, highly recommended Independence to his new friend Kim.

Following Kim's BKA surgery, John Horne (CPO, owner of IPO, and a below-knee amputee himself) called Kim at the hospital to answer any other questions and reassure Kim that we at IPO would help her rediscover her potential and regain her independence. With John's outreach and Donnie's favorable reviews of Independence, Kim felt that the right choice for excellent prosthetic care was IPO. Once she began healing, she participated in the joint amputee clinic that IPO holds with University of Delaware's Physical Therapy department to determine her functional potential. Kim began working with Jennifer Motylinski CPO as her prosthetist.

Rachael, the lead admin at IPO's STAR Campus office, has always been the first face patients are greeted with at the door. As Kim and Donnie separately came to IPO for their prosthetic appointments, Rachael began to piece together the fact that Kim and Donnie's relationship had blossomed from a peer mentorship to dating, and soon, an engagement!

In fact, Kim and Donnie found the Independence staff to be so integral to helping them return to their lives that Rachael, Jenn, and Jocelyn were invited to their wedding on April 8, 2017. What they consider to be "the best day of our lives" was also the one-year anniversary of Kim's original amputation surgery. With the help of their prosthetists in the months leading up to that day, both bride and groom were able to happily walk down the aisle! It was a pleasure to witness the joy and love that day, and such a privilege to work with the two lovebirds.



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