While each of these patients could tell a complete and engaging story on their own, they were willing to quickly share some of their recent accomplishments.
Jose Casas is one of Dankmeyer’s international patients and a member of the Peruvian military. Captain Casas became a below knee amputee as a result of trauma, and has been focused on returning to a number of highly physical activities. He has participated in the Amputee Walking School here, and recently competed, representing Peru, in an international competition in Brazil. Besides his running leg, he uses a special prosthesis for swimming.
[Jose Casas es uno de los tantos pacientes internacionales de Dankmeyer y miembro de las fuerzas militares de Peru. El Capitán Casas recibió una amputación por debajo de la rodilla (en su pierna izquierda) como resultado de un trauma en su pierna. Hoy en día gracias a su personalidad y habilidades, se ha enfocado en regresar a actividades físicas de alta intensidad. Hace poco participó en la Escuela de Amputados (Amputee Walking School) aquí en Maryland, y recientemente representó al Peru en una competición internacional en Brasil. Ademas de su prótesis para correr, el usa una prótesis especial para nadar.]
Eric Flynn, a very active ten year old, has bilateral knee disarticulation level limb loss. Herecently participated in an event that involved a LOT of mud. The legs can be hosed off, as perhaps Eric was! Eric also participated with Team Dankmeyer in the Color Run in 2013. Some of his previous sockets sport favorite team emblems.
Hezekiah Rawlings is a six year boy. He has a congenital absence of the left arm below the elbow and wears a prosthesis. Here he is wearing one of the first products of our 3D printer - an arm fashioned after an “iron man” design. The arm is really a hybrid of traditional fabrication (a custom molded socket done via hand casting and hand molding) and new fabrication (a 3D printed set of hand, wrist and forearm parts from an open source file scaled to his size) and a traditional prosthetic harness.